If your pet is on this list, take advantage of National February Pet Dental Health Month to treat your dog’s oral infection, save her teeth, and get her well again.

In general small breed dogs have worse dental disease than large dogs because more than 100 years of dog breeding have crammed the same amount of big dog teeth into a small dog’s mouth.

Dogs have a total of 42 teeth. Spread over the length of a large breed dog’s mouth, there is more space, and food is less likely to get stuck in between the teeth, but when those same 42 teeth are organized into the small jaw bones of a breed like a Yorkshire Terrier, there are plenty of nooks and crannies for food to get wedged, decay and cause oral infection.

Additionally, large breeds can crush big pieces of kibble and really work-over chew toys. This helps scrape away some plaque and tarter. Small breeds are more likely to be babied by owners and fed sugary and other calorie-rich human foods that advance the onset of dental disease.

Ready for the top five breeds? Remember, if your pet is on this list, help is on the way. Brookfield Animal Hospital is participating in a national program to assist small breed pet owners to take charge of their pet’s oral health and end the infection. Look for a coupon from our practice in your email box for special savings on dental cleanings in the month of February or reach out to us by email for one.

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