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What’s your pet’s breath telling you?


Petbarn North Lakes is urging local pet owners to check their pet’s dental health.

With an estimated 80 percent of Aussie pets over the age of three suffering from dental disease1, Petbarn North Lakes is joining forces with Greencross Vets this Dental Health Month to raise awareness about pet dental problems, prevention and treatment.

It may come as a shock to many pet owners that four out of five cats and dogs develop some sort of dental disease by three years of age, which goes unnoticed in many cases. This can be a real problem for our furry friends because it can lead to more serious problems such as illnesses related to the heart, liver and kidney.

Local Petbarn North Lakes store manager, Bec Lill, says: “Dental Health Month is the perfect time for us to remind local Narangba pet owners about the importance of dental hygiene and educate them about the key warning signs to keep an eye out for. While many pet parents believe that bad breath is normal for their furry friends, it can be an indication of dental disease.”

Dr Rachel Chay, Chief Veterinarian from Greencross Vets is urging locals to keep an eye out for key indicators of dental disease and review their pet’s dental health regime.

“Poor dental hygiene is a serious issue for Aussie pets. Common signs of dental disease include bad breath, redness or inflamed gums, broken or loose teeth and a reluctance to eat. If left untreated, dental disease can lead to severe pain for our four legged friends.

“Just like us, our pets should be getting a dental health check-up at least two times a year. Regular check-ups will allow your veterinarian to detect any cracks, chips, holes, loose teeth, gum ulcers, growths of infections. Thorough dental health examinations also help ensure bacteria and poisons from dental infections do not spread to the heart, liver and kidneys through the blood stream,” Dr Chay continues.

To help reduce the number of local pets suffering from dental disease, Petbarn North Lakes are urging locals to come in for a free dental check-up for their pet cat or dog to use at their local Greencross Vets clinic.

“Throughout August, we would like to encourage local pet parents to visit Petbarn North Lakes to pick up their free dental check-up voucher and speak with one of our experts about preventative dental care and the best way to tackle dental disease,” said Bec.

The good news is dental disease is completely preventable and there are a number of ways to improve your furry friend’s dental hygiene, keep their sparkly smile and maintain fresh breath.

Local Petbarn North Lakes store manager, Bec, says: “At Petbarn North Lakes, we have a wide range of products including doggy toothbrushes, dental specific food and natural treats, such as Greenies, that can help keep your pet’s teeth clean and more importantly free from dental disease.”

1 http://www.greencrossvet.com.au/Pet-Health/Dental-Care.aspx

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