Preventing bad breath and costly cures

 
By Connie Orcutt • Published: March 2nd, 2015
Category: Animal Airwaves
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If your furry friend’s breath could take yours away, it could be a sign of dental disease.

Along with bad breath, inflamed gums, discolored teeth, pawing at the mouth and changing in eating habits are all signs of dental disease, a common problem in our pets. It’s often painful and can lead to infection and tooth loss. Sometimes, infections can even spread from your pet’s mouth to vital organs like the heart or kidneys.

Instead of waiting for dental disease to happen, it makes more sense to be proactive with routine dental exams and cleanings. Analysis by a nationwide pet insurance company showed that it costs about $170 to prevent dental disease in our pets compared to a whopping $530 to treat it.

So do everyone a favor and keep your pet’s mouth healthy. The numbers show it makes sense.