How to Care for a Senior Dog or Senior Cat

Why Should I Care About My Pet's Dental Health?

Dental hygiene is just as important for your pet as it is for us humans, yet pet dental health is one of the most overlooked areas during routine checkups. Properly caring for your pet's teeth can aide with early detection of disease that not only affects their mouth, but can also lead to more serious issues including heart, kidney and lung disease.

So what can you do to educate yourself more about the importance of caring for your senior pet's teeth? Here are a few resources we've found to be helpful:

  • Watch Dr. Sheldon Rubin present an easy tutorial on how to teach a dog or cat to allow you to give them a daily tooth brushing.
  • While preventable, periodontal disease is the most common clinical condition in cats and dogs. Dr. Cindy Charlier explains what periodontal disease is and how we can prevent our pets from getting it.
  • Dr. Jan Bellows, a former president of the American Veterinary Dental College, discusses the importance of dental health.

Credits: Information on this page was sourced from the following sites:, AVMA, AAHA