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Happy National Pet Dental Health Month!

February 10, 2014
(Anna Federowicz photo)

(Anna Federowicz photo)

Did you know that February is National Pet Dental Health month? Sometimes even the most caring and loving pet owners can forget the importance of their pets’ dental health and hygiene. Dental health problems are very common and can even lead to internal infections, eventually spreading to other organs. By practicing great dental hygiene at home with your pet, you can help to keep your furry children happy and healthy.

Symptoms of Pet Dental Health Problems

1) Does your pet have stinky breath? Believe it or not, this could actually be a sign of serious dental problems. The next time Fido’s breath makes you turn away, consider taking him to the vet for a dental checkup.

2) Is your pet reluctant to eat hard foods? If your pet is avoiding eating for more than a day or two, then schedule a dental check-up immediately. It is common for animals to avoid eating due to pain and discomfort associated with dental or gum problems.

3) Have you noticed constant pawing or rubbing at his face and/or mouth? If Fido seems agitated and can’t stop scratching or itching, this could be a sign of pet periodontal issues.

4) Have you noticed swollen gums or brown teeth on your pet? This is a sure sign of dental health problems that require immediate attention.

Ways to Prevent Pet Dental Health Problems

1) If you brush your teeth every day, then why shouldn’t your pet get the same treatment? It can be much easier to give your cat or dog a daily tooth brushing than you would expect. Ask your veterinarian for tips and tricks on how to clean the inside surface of your pet’s teeth properly.

2) Treat your pet! Sometimes a treat can be more than just a sweet snack for your pet. There are many different pet treat brands made specially to help protect the teeth and gums of your dog or cat.

3) Change up the diet. Some pet food formulations are made to help reduce plaque and tartar. If you think you might be interested in changing the daily diet of your pet to something more dental-friendly, then make sure you consult your veterinarian before doing so.

Remember, don’t just make February the only month to check on the dental health of your pet. Make it the month you started and never never looked back!

– By Rachelyn Provencher

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