June 29,2018

Thank you to The Grey Muzzle Organization!

As dogs age, their teeth begin to erode and decay. If not addressed, this could cause some major future health issues like kidney or heart disease stem from poor dental hygiene, and these health concerns are seen primarily in senior dogs.

Currently, the Society has limited resources to allocate to light cleanings and minor extractions of decaying teeth for dogs in our care. Thanks to a grant from The Grey Muzzle Organization, we can fund more complex oral procedures for older dogs. The Society will now be able to provide more in-depth cleanings and extractions to prevent these diseases.

The Anti-Cruelty Society is excited to see how this grant will enhance the dental care procedures and how this will affect the lives of their older dogs. Thank you to The Grey Muzzle Organization for their support!

Here are a few dental health tips to keep your pet’s dental hygiene in great shape:

  • Learn the signs of periodontal disease in pets. These include: bad breath, red gums, loose or broken teeth, tenderness around the mouth, persistent drooling, loss of appetite, and weight loss.
  • Take your pet to the vet regularly for check-ups. Annual or semi-annual dental check ups are recommended to watch for dental disease.
  • Brush your pet’s teeth at home. Doing this daily is recommended and brushing your pet’s teeth can remove food particles and the bacterial that lead to decay and disease.
  • Feed your pet a tooth-healthy diet. Talk to your vet about what types of food are best for your pet’s teeth as well as what types of toys and treats will be okay for them to chew on based on their dental health.
  • Invest in pet health insurance. Dental care can be expensive, so check into pet health insurance to help make procedures more affordable!

The Anti-Cruelty Society’s Board of Director’s Sheldon Rubin, D.V.M. shows how you to brush your pet’s teeth in this video from the American Veterinary Medical Association.