Most pet parents enjoy hugs and kisses from their canines. But while your best friend is showering you with love, have you wondered if his teeth are clean? Or about how his dental health affects his overall well-being? Good oral care is as essential for dogs as it is for humans.
By the time they're 3 years old, 80 percent of dogs develop periodontal disease, according to the American Veterinary Dental Society. While veterinarians recommend daily brushing for dogs' teeth, studies by the American Animal Hospital Association reveal that nearly two-thirds of pet owners don't provide their pets with recommended dental care.
Dr. Jessica Young
Dr. Young is a graduate of Philo High School, Lake Erie College, and The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine.
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