February – Pet Dental Health Month Is Here!
It’s February, and that means that dental pet health month has arrived! Routine dental care is an important part of your pet’s overall health and wellbeing. Unfortunately, it’s something that’s all too often overlooked. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, over 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have some form of periodontal disease by the age of 3.
So what can you do to help your furry friend? Your pet should be examined by the veterinarian at a yearly minimum, to detect problems early. Why, you ask? If left untreated, poor dental health can cause damage to the pet’s teeth, roots, bones, and mouth, and can lead to abscesses and infection that may spread to the heart, liver, and kidneys. Have your pet checked sooner if you observe any of the following warning signs, as they may be indicative of a more serious problem:
Early detection and treatment of oral health problems are of utmost importance. Periodontal problems can cause severe pain and illness for your pet. Think about it – how would you feel if you never brushed your teeth? Our pets can often be stoic, and it may be difficult to tell that they’re experiencing pain until the problem has progressed. Your best bet is to schedule an appointment and prevent the problems before they start!
Okay, but you may be thinking to yourself – “what else can I do for my pet’s teeth – right now?” Getting them evaluated and treated at the vet’s office regularly is imperative, but there’s even more you can do! Brushing your pet’s teeth is the best option for providing your pet with dental care at home. (Just make sure you use pet-safe toothpaste! Human products are not pet-safe). However, some cats and dogs will not tolerate a foreign object in their mouth if they are not used to being brushed. That’s why we sell products such as dental foods, dental chews (CET and Oravet), water additives and dental wipes, to help you care for your furry friend. These products keep plaque and tartar at bay, freshen your pet’s breath, and provide a easy and safe way to participate in your pet’s health care on a daily basis.
Here’s a 3-minute video showing how to brush your pet’s teeth.
Happy National Pet Dental Health month!