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Brush up on doggie dental care

05-31-2011 09:13 AM CET | Associations & Organizations

Press release from: VetShopAustralia

Pet owners should be brushing up on doggie dental care, with oral hygiene being one of the most overlooked factors in the healthy upbringing of the family animal, a leading vet has advised.

Dr Mark Perissinotto, head vet at, said oral care was a very important part of a pet’s overall health and wellbeing and recommends annual dental checks to safeguard against pain and suffering.

“Studies have shown that 80 percent of dogs over three years of age show signs of oral or dental disease. Your dog may develop bad breath, gum disease, rotten and damaged teeth if his dental hygiene is not properly cared for,” Dr Perissinotto said.

With advanced teeth problems being life threatening and expensive to treat, the advice from is that prevention is far better than cure.

“The key is to establish healthy dental habits at a young age,” Dr Perissinotto said.

“Dogs with poor oral health are a lot more likely to develop heart disease later in life than those with good oral health. It is important to properly care for your dog’s teeth to ensure a long, healthy and happy life,’’ he said.

Quality dry pet food combined with raw meaty bones was a good place to start as the chewing action cleans teeth and gums.

“There are also commercially available chew toys which assist in keeping your dog’s mouth healthy and believe it or not, brushing your pet’s teeth is a good way of killing bacteria and breaking down plaque,’’ Dr Perissinotto said.

He said it was important for pet owners to consult their veterinarian about safe and effective commercial products such as brushes, pastes, spray gels and toys.

Further information: Dr Mark Perissinotto 07 5453 4840

About VetShopAustralia: VetShopAustralia employs fully qualified, licensed, practicing veterinary surgeons and animal health professionals to carefully check all the pet products sold to ensure that quality is not just a promise but a reality.

Since the beginning, VetShopAustralia is a Vet-owned and Vet-operated online pet store for pet supplies. On top of our promise to deliver top quality products, our sales support services are backed by Vets. You will have peace of mind knowing that you will receive quality sales and service.

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Phone: Main Customer Service Line: 1300 VETSHOP (1 300 838 7467)
Customer Service - other Lines: 07 5453 4840, 07 5453 7103 and 07 3102 9774
Customer Service Fax: 07 5456 4325

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