In recognition of Pet Dental Health Month this Feb., pet pharmacy PetMeds is helping to raise awareness of dental disease in dogs and cats by giving away dental care packages.
According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), around 70 to 80 percent of cats and dogs have some form of periodontal disease by their third birthday. While some pets have visible discoloration and tartar, most dental disease occurs below the gumline, so it’s not always obvious to pet parents when their cat or dog is not getting enough dental care.
Tartar formed along and below the gumline must be removed by a veterinarian during an in-office cleaning. Daily at-home maintenance can keep tartar from coming back. Pet parents should look to daily brushing as their first line of defense against dental disease. Water additives, tooth wipes, gels and dental treats can supplement regular brushing.
“It’s not enough to focus on fresher breath,” said Larissa Schenck, Director of Marketing at PetMeds. “Bacteria and inflammation due to dental disease can affect your pet’s overall wellness and even impact their heart, kidneys and digestive health.”
All cat and dog parents are invited to enter the Keep Pets Smiling Giveaway for a chance to win a dental care package that will include Be Fresh Dental Care Solution, Vetradent Dental Wipes, a C.E.T. Fingerbrush, plus C.E.T. IntelliDent Cat Bites or C.E.T. Enzymatic Oral Chews for dogs.
The giveaway runs from Tuesday, Feb. 1, through Monday, Feb. 28. Everyone who enters from 12:01 AM Eastern Time (ET) Feb. 1 to Feb. 28 at 11:59 PM ET is eligible to win. There will be a total of 8 winners. Two winners will be notified each Friday in Feb. – 2/4, 2/11, 2/18 and 2/25.
Through the month of February, pet parents can also save 25 percent on treats, toys, beds and more on PetMeds with coupon code SMILE25.