WELLNESS WEDNESDAY – FEBRUARY: NATIONAL PET DENTAL MONTH

WELLNESS WEDNESDAY – FEBRUARY: NATIONAL PET DENTAL MONTH

 

Happy Wellness Wednesday! Today we are going to focus on this months pet theme – National Pet Dental Month. What better way to take a deeper look into pet hygiene and the importance of keeping your animals teeth just as clean and healthy as you keep your own.

 

Did you know that it is estimated that by the age of two 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have some form of periodontal disease? How scary is that? These periodontal infections have been linked to other health factors such as diabetes, heart attacks, strokes and kidney disease. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) encourage pet owners to really take the steps to control plaque on their animals teeth and to also see their veterinarian for regular dental checkups.

 

HERE ARE SOME WAYS THAT YOU CAN CONTRIBUTE TO YOUR PETS HYGIENE

 

1. VISIT YOUR VETERINARIAN FOR TEETH CLEANING – Have your Veterinarian check your pets teeth during their annual or six-month examination. When the Vet is examining the teeth they will look for reddened gums, yellow-brown tartar and other signs of dental disease. The Vet will then decided if a further teeth cleaning is necessary.

 

2. BRUSH YOUR PETS TEETH – A great way to promote good hygiene at home is to brush your pet’s teeth. It is recommend that you brush their teeth at least once a day to keep the bacteria which is the cause of dental disease to a minimal. CLICK HERE to watch a video on how to brush your pets teeth.

 

3. FEED YOUR PET A SPECIAL DENTAL DIET IF RECOMMENDED – A dental diet may be recommended by your Veterinarian. A dental diet has shown to improve your pet’s periodontal health compared to regular dry food diets. Dental foods work by using specialized kibbles to provide a better mechanical cleansing of the teeth.

 

4. OFFER APPROPRIATE CHEW TREATS – When picking dental appropriate treats, it is important to look for the Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC) seal of approval. This will help you determine if the treat is in fact appropriate to better your pets hygiene.

 

Taking one minute out of your day to brush your pets teeth and having a routine dental exam will help better the chance of keeping your pets teeth in tip top shape. Following the above steps can save you and your pet the hassle of having to deal with dental disease.

 

BELOW ARE A FEW SIGNS OF DENTAL DISEASE

 

Yellow-brown tartar
Bleeding gums
Red, inflamed gums
Bad breath
Difficulty chewing/dropping food
Excessive drooling
Change in eating habits
Pawing at the mouth or rubbing against the floor or furniture

 

CLICK HERE to take a test and find out how much you know about your pets dental health.

 

We want to show our support in pet dental awareness by offering 25% off any dental treat now until February 14th. *one per customer *offer good for one time use.

 

Resources:
www.avma.com
www.dogtipper.com
www.vetstreet.com