February is National Pet Dental Health Month. Brushing pets’ teeth and pet oral care is relatively new to the pet owning scene, but don’t underestimate its importance. Periodontal disease is the most common illness found in companion animals. Untreated, it can lead to infection in your pet’s hearts, lungs, and kidneys, and even death.
Many veterinarians offer dental exams as part of an annual wellness check-up. Practice pet oral hygiene at home between visits to keep those pearly whites sparkling and healthy.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR:
- Continued bad breath
- Broken teeth
- Brownish teeth
CLEANING YOUR PET’S TEETH:
- Dry dog foods, hard biscuits, and treats or chew toys designed for cleaning
help scrape the teeth clean through normal chewing.
- Toothbrushing should be started with the
pet as young as possible. Begin by getting your pet used to just your finger rubbing their gums.
- Always use a toothbrush and toothpaste designed for pets or an ultrasoft human
- Gently pull back the lips and tip the head back to open the mouth, and gently brush the teeth on both sides.