Saturday, November 12, 2011

Are Zombies The Biggest Threat To Your Dog? Top (Potentially) Deadly Dog Health Sins: Dental Disease

Did you ever had a toothache? Hurts, doesn't it?

Do you think that it hurts your dog any less? Think again!

Quite often people think that if the dog is still eating they cannot have any dental problems. That is not true at all.

If an animal has a sore tooth, that is one problem. If, as a result of the sore tooth, the animal stops eating it will become very hungry and so now it has two problems. Fasting is a poor survival strategy, and so rather than fasting, the animal eats, despite the pain.

One statistic to remember is; by the time pets have reached 3 years of age, 85 % of them have some degree of inflammation in their mouths.

The pain that dental disease can cause would be bad enough but the problem goes further.

Severely infected teeth can even cause systemic disease!

Bacteria from the infected mouth penetrates the blood stream and it is distributed to all major organ systems such as the heart, kidneys and liver.

One of the most commonly impacted organs by periodontal disease is the heart, where the valves can become infected, which results in endocarditis (inflammation of the inner lining of the heart). If untreated this is a life-threatening disease, since it can cause heart failure, stroke or other complications.

Periodontal disease is also a risk factor in developing autoimmune disease, diabetes, arthritis and cancer!

Dental disease, along with pet obesity are the top two health problems in dogs. And unline a zombie apocalypse, these are completely preventable!

The heathier your dog's teeth are, the longer they will live!


This post is published as part of the Blogathon 2011. Help me support Eagle's Den Rescue; hope for dogs who have none.

Eagle’s Den Animal Haven and Rescue Inc. is a non profit organization dedicated to helping save the lives of animals through a variety of means:
  •     removing animals from high kill shelters
  •     placing animals in permanent homes
  •     finding foster care until the right home can be located
  •     working with animal shelters as well as other rescue
  •     advocating spay/neuter of animals
  •     the prevention of animal cruelty

We are located in Bladen County, North Carolina. We believe that every animal deserves a loving home that will provide for their basic needs and treat them with the respect they so richly deserve.

Eagle's Den Rescue's Emergency Fund for Injured and Abused Animals.


  1. My vet always checks Kelly's teeth when we visit. It's important to keep the teeth in good shape, even though she doesn't love the tooth brushing!

  2. Hi Peggy! Yes, I'm sure all vets to check the dogs' teeth during the check-up. The problem is that many dogs don't see a vet for a long time and also some owners just refuse taking responsibility for their dogs' teeth and unimportant.

    Kudos to you for keeping your dog's teeth in a good shape! I don't think any dog loves tooth brushing. I think Jasmine doesn't really mind; just her tongue does a hundred miles an hour which I think it's just a reflex of sorts.