Ask the Expert – January 2017

Why do I need to brush my dog’s teeth?

Just like people, 80% of dogs and 70% of cats develop plaque and tartar on their teeth by the age of 2. This build up is a result of bacteria in the saliva mixing with proteins, carbohydrates and food byproducts; forming plaque on the teeth. As the sticky dental plaque coats the teeth, even under the gum line, it hardens into tartar which can lead to bleeding gums, cavities, loss of teeth, kidney/liver damage and in severe cases, death. Daily brushing with pet specific toothpaste, or the use of no brush products, such
as PetzLife’s Complete Oral Care, will kill the bacteria and eliminate the buildup. The elimination of the bacteria and the brushing away of the sticky plaque will keep your pets mouth healthy and prevent expensive and potentially dangerous dental procedures.

Amanda Pearce Manager

Pet Mania
(919) 554-8898
924 Gateway Commons Cir.,
Wake Forest, NC 27587