According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, approximately 75% of pets over the age of three will experience signs of periodontal disease. When we adopted our dog Cleo, she had a root canal within months of coming home. She was about three years old. Adopting an adult dog, we didn't know her background but since having Cleo is for keeps, it's been important for us to learn about doggie dental care.
Only the teeth you want to keep
When I was a kid, I hated flossing my teeth. However, it only took one commercial of an older lady biting into a carrot, then telling the camera how her teeth were all hers, when I stopped complaining. I remember the narrator saying something like, "Floss the ones you want to keep." I got motivated real fast to pay attention to the health of my teeth and gums. The same desire to be proactive for my gums applies to my dog Cleo.
"Flip the Lip!"
GREENIES has a doggie dental awareness campaign running called "Flip the Lip!" Performing the Flip the Lip Test is fairly simple and should be done regularly. Below is the short version. Separate step-by-step guides for dogs and cats are available on the Flip the Lip tab of The GREENIES® Brand Facebook Page.
The Six Steps of the Flip the Lip Test:
- Choose the right time.
- Conduct a facial exam.
- Inspect the mouth.
- Reward your dog.
- Follow up on your concerns.
- Remember daily dental care.
Do any of you struggle with getting your pets to let you flip their lips or perform daily dental care? Tell us your tricks in the comments!
This post was [originally] written by a Nutro Knowledge Network Member and sponsored by the Nutro Company.