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ASHVILLE (February 16, 2010) – Petowners often worry about the physical health of their animals. Are they eating right, are they getting enough exercise, is their coat shiny enough? But what about a pet’s oral health? With February marking Dental Health Month, PEDIGREE® DENTASTIX® is kicking off an effort to raise awareness about the importance of good pet oral care. The effort challenges pet owners to make their dog’s oral health a priority, which means taking the necessary steps to properly care for their dog’s teeth.
The physical health of a pet is more closely tied to their oral health than you may think. Poor oral health can lead to tooth decay, tooth loss and has been linked to more serious issues like heart, lung and kidney problems. Yet a recent survey conducted by PEDIGREE® DENTASTIX® found that only 32 percent of people take their dog to the vet for an annual dental cleaning*.
This stat is concerning given that four out of five dogs over the age of three already have some level of gum disease. Since doggie dentures aren’t an option, taking a preventative approach to oral care for your dog is key. That starts with an annual teeth cleaning for your pet at the vet along , with brushing and feeding of oral care treats like PEDIGREE® DENTASTIX®, clinically-proven to reduce tarter buildup by up to 80%.
Dog owners who want a fun way to show their commitment to care for their canine’s canines can log onto www.dogsrule.com/oralcare and enter the DENTASTIX® Denture Your Dog Contest, which was officially launched by “Gossip Girl’s,” Kelly Rutherford outside of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York.