My peeps over at The GREENIES® Brand has launched a program to provide grants funding the cost of vital dental care procedures for service dogs:
Good oral health is vital for all pets, especially those who provide a service. A service dog’s mouth is one of its most important assets. In order to perform essential daily tasks for their owners a service dog’s mouth must be in its healthiest state. Unfortunately, dental health issues continue to be one of the leading health risks for pets, service dogs included.
That’s why The GREENIES® Brand has partnered with the American Veterinary Dental College (AVDC) to provide grants that help fund the cost of vital dental care procedures for service dogs. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), 80% of dogs show signs of oral disease by age three, which has been linked to systemic disease of the heart, kidney and lungs.
Redness along the gums and smelly dog breath are both are signs of an oral health issue. While daily brushing works, unfortunately, many pet-parents can’t commit to it, which is where pet specialty dental chews help. However, they need to have the Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC) Seal of Acceptance. If a treat doesn’t have the seal, its efficacy has not been independently reviewed. A product like GREENIES® Dental Chews, which has the VOHC Seal, has been shown to meet or exceed the pre-set VOHC standards of efficacy in reducing dental plaque and tartar.
Through the Oral Care for Service Dogs program, board-certified veterinary dentists perform oral health procedures for registered service dogs that have displayed oral and dental diseases that can cause pain or discomfort, compromising the dogs’ health and preventing them from performing their essential duties effectively.
“The GREENIES® Brand is proud to help provide dental care services for dogs that selflessly give so much for the individuals they serve,” said Monica Glass, Senior Corporate Affairs Manager for The Nutro Company, the makers of the GREENIES® Brand. “We hope the program will reinforce the importance of pet oral health to the entire pet community as we invite them to join the brand in its support.”
About The Nutro Company
The Nutro Company is a leader in natural nutrition for pets and has been dedicated to quality, excellence and innovation since 1926. The Nutro Company’s dog and cat food and treats offer healthful formulas for every pet’s life stage, activity level and size. The Nutro Company’s family of brands include the MAX®, NATURAL CHOICE® and ULTRA™ brands of natural1 pet food and treats and the GREENIES® brand, which is the #1 veterinarian-recommended brand of treats². The Nutro Company makes GREENIES® Dental Chews and Treats, including PILL POCKETS® Treats, JointCare Treats and SMARTBITES® Treats.
1 Naturally fortified with added vitamins, minerals and other trace nutrients. ² Data on file at The Nutro Company 2013. ®/™ Trademarks © The Nutro Company 2013. U.S. Pat. No. D587,428. SOURCE The GREENIES Brand
Disclaimer: I am employed by The Nutro Company. I did not receive compensation for this content. All opinions posted here are my own. For every blog post written about the importance of pet oral health and how GREENIES® Dental Chews and Treats help to keep pets healthy and happy, The GREENIES® Brand will donate $100 to the Oral Care for Service Dogs program.