Periodontal disease starts off as gingivitis but can progress to the painful point where your pet’s teeth fall out. Don’t let your dog’s dental health deteriorate to the point of pain. When they have clean, healthy teeth, there’s a better chance you’ll have a happier dog!
Just like humans, dogs need regular dental care — including brushing. It’s always best to introduce teeth cleaning as a puppy, but even if you have an older dog, you can still make them comfortable with this important task. Ask your veterinarian for tips if you’re unsure how to start.
|Please don’t use human toothpaste to brush your dog’s teeth. Fluoride, found in many toothpaste brands, can be extremely poisonous to your dog.|
Alternatives to Brushing
Some dogs just won’t allow you to brush their teeth safely. If this is the case with your pup, make sure you’re promoting healthy teeth in other ways. For example, dry food can help scrape away plaque and is less likely to stick to your dog’s teeth, and there are specially formulated toys and bones that help promote proper dental care.
Schedule Regular Veterinarian Appointments
Getting checkups with your vet every six to twelve months is an important part of keeping your dog’s teeth healthy. A vet can perform a comprehensive dental exam to ensure there are no signs of disease or discomfort. This is also the perfect opportunity to ask any questions you might have.
Don’t ignore your dog’s dental care — it’s important for their overall health. It’s also important to have a plan in place should your dog get sick or injured from a dental condition. Petline Insurance reimburses you for up to 80% of veterinary costs if your pet falls ill or is injured. Three levels of care are available, and rates start at $16.83 a month for dogs.1 In addition, when you purchase pet insurance through Petline, you’ll earn Hudson’s Bay Rewards points.2
1 Rates and product details are effective as of July 1, 2016, and are subject to change without notice. All plans are subject to the terms and conditions of your Policy and Documents of Insurance. Premiums vary by breed and where you live. Pet insurance for Hudson’s Bay customers is arranged for by Hudson Bay Financial Services and underwritten by Petline Insurance.
2 Earn 2,000 Rewards points when you purchase a Basic Care plan, 3,000 Rewards points for an Enhanced Care plan and 4,000 Rewards points for an Enhanced Care Plus plan. Rewards points will be issued in equal increments after every six months when you use a valid Canadian-issued credit card to pay for your premiums and will not be pro-rated. Offer valid in Alberta, British Columbia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, Ontario, Quebec and the Yukon.