Although National Pet Dental Health Month is wrapping up in a few days, the dental health of your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel should have your focus throughout the entire year, not just during the month of February.
Periodontal disease is the most common clinical condition in dogs and in fact, 80% of dogs show some signs of gum disease by the age of 3 … a frightening statistic because canine periodontal disease can not only lead to tooth loss, but to serious infections that can spread to internal organs.
The simplest and most effective way to safeguard your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel from the ill effects of poor dental health is by brushing his or her teeth frequently, even daily if you are able. If that sounds intimidating or you are concerned that regimented teeth-brushing won’t be accepted by your pet, we have provided an excellent video resource for you below. In it, Dr. Sheldon Rubin, speaking for the American Veterinary Medical Association, provides excellent step-by-step instructions on how to teach a dog (or cat) to tolerate (and dare we hope, enjoy) daily tooth brushing. We hope you will find it both educational and helpful!