Lola is our second dog. Our very first dog was Georgie. She was a spectacular purebred Yellow Labrador Retriever. We loved that dog so much. She was gentle and kind and liked to eat. A LOT. Did I mention she was a Yellow Lab? Labs are notorious for being scavengers and eating just about anything. She was a wonderful dog that got me through labour. Yes, she got me through labour by me just staring at a picture of her. I started at that picture for hours. She helped me through the toughest time.
About 9 years ago we woke up one morning to find her lethargic and sad. She went outside and just sprawled on the snow. We new something was wrong but we didn’t know what. We should have know. We should have know that there was something wrong when we looked at her gums. They were grey. They were not pink and sloppy and happy. They were grey. That is not good. Not good at all.
Photo Credit: Royal Canin Facebook Page
The hard lesson we learned that day was that you need to pay attention to your dog’s teeth and gums. They will give you insight into your beloved pets health: good or bad. Dental diseases are the most common clinical health problem in dogs and cats. Dental diseases are present in nearly 85 per cent of all pets past the age of one. Did you know small dogs are especially prone to dental disease. Would you be able to identify the signs of dental disease in your dog? It may not be evident that your dog is suffering, after all they can’t tell us, can they? Signs of dental disease may include: bad breath, lost teeth and excessive drooling. If you see some of these signs you may need to take your pet to a vet.
6 Signs Your Dog May have Dental Disease
- Bad Breath
- Root Exposure
- Weight Loss or Trouble Eating
- Red, Swollen or Bleeding Gums
- Resistance to Mouth Being Handled
- Chewing on One Side of Mouth
6 Things you can do to help your pet stay healthy and prevent dental disease
- Maintain a healthy diet (avoid ‘people food’)> Make sure you have the right food for your dog (size, weight etc.)
- Give your dog Medi-chews to help with plaque and tartar build up
- Have regular check-ups. Talk to your veterinarian about possible preventative treatments for dental disease
- Treatment may include brushing, a dental cleaning or a dental pet food diet
- Keep you pet healthy by providing regular exercise
- Love your dog. Just like people a well cared for and loved dog is a happy dog
As an added bonus you can Visit dentalpetfacts.ca to get a $10 rebate on Royal Canin Dental pet food from your vet at your pets yearly exam. Want to know more facts about how to keep you pets healthy? You can join the conversation on Twitter on Thursday, February 26. See the details below and be sure and RSVP as there are prizes for you and your pets.
When-Thursday, February 26th at 8PM
Prizes include- pet related merchandise and 10 Visa Gift Cards are up for grabs, ranging from $25 to $100
Terms and conditions: Dental Pet Facts Blogger Contest. Contest open from 12:00:01 a.m. EST February 16, 2015 to 11:59:59 p.m. EST February 28, 2014. No purchase necessary. Must be legal resident of Canada who has reached age of majority in their province of residence. Entries must contain hashtag “ #DentalPetFactsContest.” Selected entrant must correctly answer skill-testing question. Prize: $100.00 (CDN) Visa Gift Card and Royal Canin Prize Pack. Void where prohibited.