February is National Pet Dental Health Month!
Have you looked at your pet’s pearly (or not-so-pearly) whites lately? How about your pet’s breath? February is National Pet Dental Health Month and a great time to schedule an appointment with your veterinarian for a dental health check and to start a dental health care program for your pet. Many pets start to exhibit some form of dental disease by 4 years old because they are not provided with proper home dental care. Follow the tips below to help keep your pet’s teeth dazzling!
1. Sniff Test
Sniff your pet’s breath. If your pet’s breath is especially offensive or accompanied by loss of appetite, vomiting, or excessive drinking and urinating, it’s a good idea to schedule an appointment with your veterinarian.
2. Brush! Brush! Brush!
Ask your vet for a toothpaste specially formulated for pets and start brushing. It may take some time to get your pet used to this but, done regularly, brushing will become easier for both of you and provide your pet with healthier teeth and gums!
3. Signs of a Problem
If you notice any of the following you pet may have a problem and should be checked by your veterinarian.
- Excessive drooling
- Inflamed gums
- Tumors in the mouth
- Loose teeth
Periodontal disease is a painful infection between the tooth and gum that can result in tooth loss and spread infection through the rest of the body. Regular visits with your veterinarian and an at home dental care routine are the solution to keeping periodontal disease at bay!