Pet Dental Awareness

Pet Dental Awareness

Pet Dental Awareness

February is National Pet Dental Awareness Month!

Pet dental awareness is one of the most overlooked medical necessities there is.  Yes, just as we humans, our pets need to keep their teeth fresh and clean in order to maintain top notch health.  Have you sniffed your pooch’s breath lately?  Has it been pretty brutal?  Well, I hate to say it but that is a huge sign that it is time to get Fido to the dentist.  Contrary to popular belief, your dog is not supposed to have bad breath.  That bad breath you smell is bacteria that has grown to outrageous numbers after having had a long term relationship with saliva and food debris in your pet’s mouth.

So in addition to plaque on your pooch’s teeth, you also have to look out for tartar and calculus which hardens on top of your pups tooth, trapping bacteria in and under the gums.  This will lead to gingivitis which left unchecked and subsequently flows right into periodontal disease.   That’s serious! At this stage you are looking at the supporting tissues of the teeth, the ligaments attaching their tooth/teeth to that gum and the jaw bone are all at huge risk to major disease and damage.  According to research provided by the American Veterinary Dental Society 85% of pets have full blown periodontal disease by age FOUR!

Pet Dental Awareness – signs to watch for are:

  • Bad breath
  • Excessive drooling / salivation
  • Lack of interest in eating
  • Rubbing away at their mouths / face
  • Red gums
  • Loose teeth

It is very important to have your vet regularly check your pet’s mouth at least twice a year.  You need to do your due diligence as a pet owner and follow through with the following at home:

  • Brush your pet’s teeth as often as you can. Try to do this at least once weekly.
  • Provide your pet with chewy toys to promote tartar removal. Chewing helps keep those teeth clean of debris.
  • Feed your pet food that promotes tooth cleaning.

It is very important to be on top of your pet’s dental needs!  Talk with your vet for further details and guidance on how to help your pet maintain that healthy smile!

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