So fresh, so clean.

Dogs have bad breath. It’s just a fact of life. But, have you ever taken the time to investigate what might be the root (pun intended) cause of their not so pleasant pant? On average the Dumb Friends League accepts 58 animals into our shelters every single day, of those an average of five requires a dental procedure. Last year alone we performed more than 1,900 oral surgeries to help eliminate the dental disease in the pets we serve.

Pets like Christopher Robin who arrive at the shelter with poor dental health resulting in a mouth filled with rotten and painful teeth. Outwardly, you’d never know the discomfort that the little 13-year-old Yorkshire terrier was in. With a tail that never stopped and his friendly disposition, it was hard to tell what was happening in the little dog’s mouth. Upon examination, it was clear that he had severe dental disease and would need veterinary intervention to help alleviate his pain and improve his quality of life. Christopher Robin was underweight, which may have been a result of not being able to eat due to the condition of his mouth and had terrible breath. A dental procedure was performed and nearly 30 teeth were removed. Several teeth less and appetite restored an adorable Christopher Robins was adopted into a new loving home.

So, what can you do to help ensure that your pet is receiving proper dental care? First, make sure to take your pet to the veterinarian for regular check-ups and dental screenings. And, while we know that dental procedures can be costly, we also know that they may prevent future medical conditions, including severe dental disease, which has been linked to other medical conditions and can actually impact other organs in your pets’ body. Long story short? Regular veterinary care and a healthy set up pearly whites will not only save your pet discomfort but will likely save you money in the long run.

We invite you to throw out those stinky breath blues and embrace that fresh breath feeling with your canine or feline companion. Read more about dental disease and some tips and tricks to help keep your pets pearly whites in tip-top shape here.