All about periodontal disease in dogs

Friday, 4 March 2022

All about periodontal disease in dogs

In recognition of February being National Pet Dental Health Month, we’ll be sharing all that you need to know about Periodontal Disease, and how to best protect your dog’s oral health!

Good Dog is on a mission to educate the public, support dog breeders, and promote canine health so we can give our dogs the world they deserve.

Throughout the month of February, we’re offering our Good Breeders $10 off of preventative care products or a teeth cleaning for your dog. Preventative care products include toothbrushes, toothpaste, dental chews, and dental diets. We recommend VOHC approved products since they have proven efficacy, which you can find here. Learn more about our February Health Initiative (and keep updated on future initiatives) by visiting our Good Breeder Benefits page.

What Is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal Disease (PD) is the inflammation of tissues and bone that surround and support the teeth as a result of a bacterial infection. It’s one of the most common health problems affecting adult dogs, but also one of the most under-treated.

We worked to create the below pamphlet, which explains how PD develops, and identifies the warning signs to look out for. We encourage you to download and print this pamphlet to share with your communities and puppy buyers!

How Can I Prevent Periodontal Disease in My Dog?

While PD is a common dental disease, there are preventative care methods you can implement into your dog’s daily life to help protect their oral health. It’s important to note that preventative care slows the development of PD by decreasing the amount of plaque and tartar that accumulates on the teeth, but it does NOT replace the need for regular veterinary exams and professional veterinary dental cleanings under anesthesia. We identified the pros and cons of four common preventative care methods so you can decide what will work best for you and your dog. Tip: Using two or more methods is better than only using one.

Checking Your Dog’s Teeth

Getting into the habit of examining your dog’s teeth and gums regularly, such as weekly, is one of the best ways to detect and treat disease or injury early.

Nicole Engelman is the Community Strategy Lead at Good Dog. She works on growing and engaging with our incredible community of breeders!

Dr. Judi Stella, PhD is Head of Standards & Research at Good Dog. She earned her bachelor's degree in Animal Sciences from The Pennsylvania State University and her Ph.D. in Comparative and Veterinary Medicine, with an emphasis on applied ethology and animal welfare science, from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She was a USDA Science Fellow with the APHIS-Center for Animal Welfare and a visiting scholar at Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine.