SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 28, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Fuzzy, the first company that brings veterinary care to pet's homes through a monthly membership service, wants pet parents to know the importance of dental health for their pets. As part of February's Pet Dental Health Month, Fuzzy created the first Fuzzy Pet Health Data report - a comprehensive look at consumer attitudes and actions around canine dental care in the United States. Using pet surveys, a pet health quiz and access to over 25,000 years worth of pet medical records, Fuzzy determined there was a great need for more education about canine dental care and the serious health consequences to pets if oral health is ignored.
"In my 30 plus years of veterinary experience I've seen first hand the issues that result from improper dental health," said Dr. Nancy Kay, DVM, Chief Medical Advisor at Fuzzy. "By taking care of your dog's teeth through regular cleanings, tooth brushing, and other preventive measures, you're contributing to their overall health."
ATTITUDES ABOUT PET DENTAL CARE
Fuzzy gathered thousands of opinions and attitudes from pet owners regarding their pet's dental care. They found the following:
- 48% of dog parents do not brush their dog's teeth
- 88% of dog parents give their dog's special dental treats, but 43% aren't sure of the actual benefits of dental chews.
- Only 50% of dog parents believe that dental disease causes their pet pain, with 28% unsure and 22% saying it does not cause pain.
"The findings validated what we already thought," said Dr. Kay. "Many pet parents commonly overlook or misunderstand this important aspect of health. Dental disease can cause significant levels of pain in dogs depending on the severity of the dental disease."
Lack of dental care can also lead to serious complications, such as periodontal disease and damage to organs, like the kidneys.
BRUSH THOSE CHOMPERS
Depending on where you live, a basic full dental cleaning for your dog will cost upwards of $600. For less than $11 a month, pet owners can make a significant impact at home by brushing their dog's teeth at least three times a week; it will prevent plaque, tartar and calculus that can lead to serious dental disease. Dogs also benefit greatly from chewing every day on something that helps keep teeth clean, like a dental chew.
"Not only are you preventing long-term problems and pain, your actions translate into more up-close-and-personal cuddle time with your beloved pets, as there's no stinky breath keeping them at arm's reach," said Dr. Kay.
Fuzzy is a San Francisco based Pet Health company with a mission to make it easier and more accessible for pet parents to keep their pets healthy. Our membership model includes world class in-home veterinary care delivered by hand-picked vets, a mobile app with features such as Ask-a-Vet telemedicine, electronic health records and a personalized health program for every pet - all for a simple monthly fee.
To learn more about our membership program and join, visit www.yourfuzzy.com/join
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