Get to know the #DentalPetFacts to help keep your pet healthy

When it comes to our dogs I always worry they will be sick or hurt without me knowing. After all it is not like they can just tell us if something is wrong. After experiencing dental issues with our older dog who passed away last year, we now know a few things to look out for. We have also made sure to keep up on our other two dogs teeth regularly.

Often cats and dogs will suffer silently when they have dental issues. Their owners have no way of knowing there is even a problem until it is causing pain and discomfort. Often too late!

According to a survey, conducted on behalf of Royal Canin, while nine in ten Canadian pet owners believe dental disease is linked to their pet’s overall health, a quarter of them are unaware of the clinical signs of the disease and only 12 per cent of them could identify all the signs of the disease. What’s worse is that many pets may be suffering in silence.

Royal Canin Canada’s Veterinary Division wants to educate pet owners about the signs of dental diseases and the importance of taking their pet to their veterinarian.

We owe it to our pets to educate ourselves and watch them for changes in their health. They are counting on us to give them the love and care they need and deserve. Our three year old black lab is our daughters best friend. They play together every day and enjoy one another’s company. She wants him to be healthy and happy!


Important facts

  • Pet owners should take their dog or cat to see their veterinarian. The signs of dental diseases — and dental diseases themselves — can be prevented. As part of their physical examination, veterinarians will perform a methodical orofacial examination that allows them to identify dental disease, even in its early stages. Veterinarians will then prescribe a treatment option for the pet. The treatment may include brushing, a dental cleaning or a dental pet food diet.
  • Dental diseases are the most common clinical health problem in dogs and cats. Dental diseases are present in nearly 85 per cent of all pets past the age of one. And small dogs are especially prone to dental disease.
  • Pet owners don’t always recognize the signs of dental diseases. Pets may not show obvious signs of discomfort because these are gradual changes — and cats and dogs tend to hide their pain. Signs of dental disease may include: bad breath, lost teeth and excessive drooling.

When did you last have your furry friends teeth checked? It is much easier to do as part of a routine, than wait until there is a problem. 

Save money

Visit to get a $10 rebate on Royal Canin Dental pet food from your vet at your pets yearly exam

Twitter party alert

To help bring awareness to our beloved pets dental health Royal Canin will be hosting a twitter party

When-Thursday, February 26th at 8PM

Hosted– @RoyalCaninCA

Hashtag- #DentalPetFacts

Prizes include- pet related merchandise and 10 Visa Gift Cards are up for grabs, ranging from $25 to $100



Hope to see you all there! 


Disclosure- This post was brought to you by Royal Canin all opinions are honest and my own


  1. 1heart1family says

    Very interesting! I never really stopped to think of my dogs dental hyigene! I haven't looked in his mouth lately, so I definately take a peak!!
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  2. nicolthepickle says

    Look out for your cats having discolored or broken teeth. I never really think about their teeth.

  3. My dog has the worst dental health! His teeth started falling out at 2, and the vet couldn't figure out why. I'll have to join this party to learn more.
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  4. I know the type of food that pets eat can have an impact on dental health, but never really thought any more about that. Looking forward to the twitter party and learning more!
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  5. Darlene Schuller says

    I was surprised to learn they suffer in silence, for some reason i imagine them wimpering when eating or chewing.

  6. When we had a dog, we took them yearly to see the vet. I don't remember them ever having tooth problems, but we also let them chew on old bones a lot (we lived on an acreage). It is hard to see them suffering when something is wrong, though. Thanks for sharing!
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  7. We don't have any pets, but this sounds like a great party for those who do! It is sad to think that they hide their pain 🙁
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  8. I learned that if a cat stops eating and losing weight, it may be sign that their teeth are hurting them

  9. brenda lacourciere says

    The most surprising thing is how bad my dogs teeth are. thanks for the lesson

  10. kathy downey says

    Your dog manages their pain in silence,this breaks my heart to not know when they are in pain

  11. Bad breath is a sign of tooth decay. And to think, I thought it was simply doggy breath

  12. A Lot of people don't care about there pet's teeth until it is too late. We brush our dogs everyday.

  13. Cesar has dealt with a lot of these cases, including severe aggression, fear, and dominance issues. But what you might not know is that bad behavior, or a sudden change in your dog’s behavior, can be caused by undetected medical problems. For example, if your dog starts chewing on random household objects, he may be experiencing tooth pain that could be helped with regular brushing.

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