Show off those pearly whites! February is National Pet Dental Health Month!
Think pet dental health isn’t important? Think again. Doggy breath could actually be something much more serious. Periodontal disease in our pets is the most common health problem that veterinarians see, yet many pet owners are still in the dark about preventing it or treating it.
Don’t think that because your pet isn’t showing signs of oral discomfort that everything is fine. Untreated oral disease can be dangerous to your pet’s health and much more expensive to correct down the road than paying for preventive measures now. Brushing your pet’s teeth may sound silly, but it’s the best way to keep their mouth clean.
Untreated oral disease can lead to infection that can spread to your pet’s heart, lungs, and kidneys. Only your veterinarian can tell you if your pet’s mouth needs a professional cleaning, but if not, there are simple ways you can keep those pearly whites clean at home.
Know What to Look For
Examine your pet’s mouth regularly for warning signs which can include:
- brown colored teeth
- swollen, red, or bleeding gums
- continued bad breath
- broken and/or loose teeth; pus near the gum line
- any unusual growths
- Non-visual signs can include reluctance to chew or eat, reluctance to drink cold water, and avoidance of chew toys or playing
If you notice any of these signs, consult your veterinarian. Click here to download our complete Pet Dental Health fact sheet to keep on hand at home.