February Is Pet Dental Health Month!
Did you know that dental health problems are the most frequently diagnosed health problems in pets?
According to the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association, 80% of dogs and cats show signs of periodontal disease by age 3! Age 3!
Not to mention, dental health problems can lead to serious diseases. Untreated, dental infection can even spread to your pet’s organs, like their heart.
If your cat or dog has bad breath, that’s one of the top signs of potential dental disease. You can also be on the lookout for tartar buildup or swollen and red gums.
Without proper care, these symptoms can turn into worse problems, like gum recession, bleeding gums, pain, loose teeth, inflammation, or oral infections. Ouch.
Pets Need Dental Care Too!
You wouldn’t neglect your own dental care – so why would you neglect your dog’s or cat’s?
Imagine you didn’t brush your teeth for a whole year. Pretty gross, right? It’s the same for our pets!
It’s actually pretty easy to prevent your pets from developing dental health problems.
Here’s what you need to do:
- Brush their teeth daily (just like yours!)
- Bring them to the vet for regular dental checkups and cleanings
- Feed them a nutritional diet that promotes oral health
- Give them dental chews to help clean the teeth
If you focus on preventive measures, you’ll avoid costly major dental work down the road – and prevent years of pain and suffering for your pet.
And if you think you spot a problem (like bad breath or swollen gums), make an appointment at our clinic right away!
Your furry friend will live a longer, healthier life without chronic oral infection and disease.
“After weight control, veterinarians are most likely to cite dental care as one of the most important things a pet owner can do to increase the length of a pet’s life, yet only 16% of pet owners say they’re interested in learning more about this topic.”
Pet Dental Health Resources
Here are some resources where you can brush up on pet oral hygiene and dental health (see what we did there?):
- The Pet Dentistry page on our website
- Canadian Living Magazine – “Pet dental care: 9 tips for healthy teeth” article
Later this month, we’ll be blogging about how to brush your pet’s teeth, so stay tuned!
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