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The GREENIES® Brand, makers of pet treats for pet health, launched the third annual “Show Us Your Pet’s Healthy Smile” contest today. This contest is dedicated to increasing pet owners’ awareness of the importance of a pet’s healthy mouth while celebrating the happiness pets bring to their lives.

 

This year’s contest is open to dog and cat participants. To enter, pet owners can upload the best picture of their cat or dog showing off their pearly whites and then encourage their friends and family to vote. This year’s judges, veterinary dentist Dr. Jan Bellows, Cameron Woo, editor for The Bark magazine and Dorian Wagner, author of pet blog Your Daily Cute, will review the entrants with the top-ten votes in both the dog and cat categories and determine the winners and two runners up for each.

 

The first place winner in the dog category will receive a year’s supply of free GREENIES® Canine Dental Chews to help care for their pet’s teeth at-home every day. The winning dog will also be featured on the cover of the January/February 2012 issue of The Bark magazine and will receive a free year subscription to the magazine. First place in the cat category will receive a year’s supply of free FELINE GREENIES® Dental Treats for daily control of plaque and tartar. The winning cat will be featured on the opening page of the eight-page cat special section in The Bark and will receive a free year subscription to the magazine as well.

 

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, three out of four pets will suffer from some degree of an oral health issue by age three. Studies have shown that poor dental health may be linked to risk factors for developing heart, kidney, liver and respiratory illness.

 

“It’s important that pet owners understand how significant a healthy mouth is for the overall health of their pet. Many veterinary dental specialists believe that a clean, healthy mouth can actually prolong a pet’s life,” said Dr. Jan Bellows, Diplomate American Veterinary Dental College.

 

The “Show Us Your Pet’s Healthy Smile” contest starts August 24 and runs through October 21. For full official contest rules and contest entry visit smile.greenies.com. Follow the contest on the official website, Facebook and Twitter pages.

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