Pet Dental Health Month
Many pet owners may not realize just how crucial oral care is and how much it can affect your pet in the long run. So because of this, February is pet dental health awareness month! Honestly think back, when was the last time your pet had a dental exam? I know, I know, it doesn’t seem like a big deal and this is something I am totally guilty of ignoring myself. However, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association(AVMA), an organization dedicated to advancing the science and art of veterinary medicine, 80% of dogs and 70% of cats show signs of oral disease by the age of three.
Pet owners can brush up on their four-legged friends’ oral care by following three simple guidelines outlined by the American Veterinary Dental Society:
- Take your pet to get a dental exam. Your pet should have a routine veterinarian examination including teeth and gums at least once a year.
- Start an at-home regimen. Start a regular teeth brushing schedule or use specially formulated food proven to help remove plaque and tarter from your pet’s teeth.
- Schedule dental cleanings. Take your pet for regular dental checkups.
Lastly, dental disease can lead to an expensive vet bill and so good dental health is essential to your pet’s overall health. Here are some signs of dental disease:
- Bad breath
- Loose or discolored teeth or teeth covered in tartar
- Your pet is not comfortable with you touching within the mouth area
- Drooling or dropping food from the mouth
- Bleeding from the mouth
- Loss of appetite or loss of weight
So do your pet a favor and practice good dental hygiene! It will help them and your wallet in the end!