DNA Swab to Test for Pet Periodontal Problems


There is now a way to identify a leading cause of oral health problems in dogs. An estimated 80% of dogs over the age of three suffer from periodontal disease. A dog’s bad breath could be a sign of painful inflammation and gum disease from bacteria, potentially leading to life-threatening illness. A simple oral swab sent to PetDNA Labs for analysis can identify 3 common pathogenic bacteria known to cause oral and systemic health problems for dogs.

The test kit known as K9 Smiles is available through vet offices for about $69 and can be used with a physical examination to help determine when to get dental care and to identify other systemic health risks. It is covered by most pet insurance plans when part of a veterinarian’s plan of care.

PetDNA Labs CEO, George Hoedeman, remarked, “Dogs are family, and we want to keep them happy and healthy. K9 Smiles gives you confidence in care, and your vet a professional tool to help in diagnosis and treatment.”


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Courtesy: The Kong Company
Courtesy: The Kong Company

Distraction toys such as a Kong can provide additional hours of fun if you stuff it with Ultramix sweet potato or pumpkin puree and freeze the toy until the puree is solid. Be sure to give the stuffed Kong to your dog outside or somewhere where you won’t mind cleaning up the mess – if he doesn’t lick up everything for you! Peanut butter is another great option. Courtesy Kong