GreeniesFebruary is National Pet Dental Health Month.

In celebration, the GREENIES® Brand invites us to help fund vital veterinary dental services to needy pets via the American Animal Hospital Association’s (AAHA) Helping Pets Fund. It requires no financial contribution from you. All they ask is that, during February, we help spread the word about important pet oral care information pet owners should recognize.

Spread the word and GREENIES’® donations will help to provide life-saving oral surgeries for dogs and cats in need.

  • For every blog post written about VOHC, The GREENIES® Brand will donate $25 to the AAHA Helping Pet’s Fund
  • For every use of #VOHC on Twitter (either through an original post or a re-tweet), The GREENIES® Brand will donate $1 to the AAHA Helping Pet’s Fund.
Quick Facts about Pet Oral Health

From a recent Trone®, Inc. research survey conducted January 10, 2011 on pet oral health care:
  • In 2010, 43% of dog owners became more aware of dental health care options for dogs.
  • 66% of dog owners believe oral health care helps protect the overall health of their pet.
  • 77% of dog owners have purchased treats with a dental benefit for their dogs in the past year, with 30% of them saying they’ve increased purchasing such products.
  • 92% of dog owners (80% of cat owners) believe some treats are an effective way to provide dental care for their pets.
  • There are approximately 77.5 million dogs and 93.6 million cats in the United States.
  • About 160 million pets do not receive any oral care.
  • Only 5% of dogs and cats get annual oral care by a veterinarian.
  • On average, dogs visit the veterinarian less than three times per year, and cats visit the vet less than twice annually.
  • Only 1% of dog owners brush their dog’s teeth daily.
  • Periodontal disease is the most common health issue in pets.
  • Up to 80% of dogs and 70% of cats develop periodontal disease by age three.
  • Plaque buildup associated with periodontal disease encourages the growth of harmful bacteria.
  • Blood-borne bacterial infection and other pathogens from periodontal disease are considered risk factors by many veterinarians in the development of heart, kidney, liver and respiratory diseases. The good news: periodontal disease is easy to prevent. Comprehensive dental care—oral assessment and treatment by the veterinarian at least annually and daily prevention at home—helps to ensure a healthy pet.
  • Many veterinary dentists believe that good oral health increases a pet’s longevity.
  • It’s important to do something every day for your pet’s oral health. Tooth brushing is the gold standard and other pet dental products can help. But daily at-home care is easy, effective and enjoyable for both the pet and pet owner with GREENIES® Canine Dental Chews and FELINE GREENIES® Dental Treats.
Sources: American Pet Products Manufacturers Association, American Veterinary Medical Association, Trone Pet Owner and Veterinary Research, Periodontology, Journal of Veterinary Dentistry, American Journal of Medical Science, The Healing Power of Pets, Oral Health Care Study of 766 Dog Owners and 656 Cat Owners, January 2011, conducted by Trone research
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GREENIES®: Good Stuff

Having just missed my own dental appointment, perhaps I’m not the best person to write this post. (Why I admit my failures aloud, I’ll never know. I’m just a sucker for irony.)

For the record, I’ve been offering my furkids GREENIES® Canine Dental Chews and FELINE GREENIES® Dental Treats as well as brushing my dogs’ and cats’ teeth. Over the holidays, my niece told Shamus, the Newf, he had sweet breath. I was stunned. He never used to, so I stopped putting my nose anywhere near his face. Since hearing the good news, I now snuggle closer without holding my breath. Woot!

And as I reschedule my own dental, maybe I’ll borrow a quick chew from Shamus. The cats and Emmett, the hound, won’t share.

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