It’s Pet Dental Health Month! To celebrate, we put together some interesting – and useful – pet dental health facts about our four-legged (and two-finned) friends.
- Dog’s mouths are not necessarily cleaner
Despite the popular belief that a dog’s mouth is cleaner than a human’s, their mouths are actually full of bacteria. In fact, by their third birthday, 80 percent of dogs suffer from gum disease. Like their owners, dogs need regular preventive dental care to maintain healthy mouths.
Learn more about taking care of your pup’s teeth here.
- Goldfish have teeth
Their teeth are very flat, like our molar teeth. Just like our molars, they are aused to crush and grind food. Goldfish lose and re-grown teeth throughout their lives.
- Cats have fewer teeth than humans.
Cats have just 30 teeth (compared to our 32). Like ours, their teeth perform specific functions, including grasping, tearing and crushing food.
- A rabbit’s teeth never stop growing.
Because a rabbit’s teeth never stop growing throughout their lifetime, they must chew on tough things option to keep them the right size. While wild rabbits have plenty of things to gnaw on the help keep these growing teeth in check, pet bunnies need wooden toys and timothy hay. If rabbits’ teeth get too long, it may become too painful for them to eat.
Learn more fun bunny teeth here.
- A horse has more teeth than brains.
The typical adult horse has 36 to 40 permanent teeth, each about 4 inches long. The average horse brain weighs just under two pounds – meaning their teeth occupy more space than their brains do!
Remember: Your pet’s oral health is a crucial part of their overall health. This Pet Dental Health Month, be sure to check with your vet about how you can help keep them healthy.