February is National Pet Dental Health Month

Hygiene is just as important for our four legged friends as it is for us. February is national pet dental health month. Taking care of your animals' teeth is very important for their health and just like us, they need routine cleanings done to ensure the health of their teeth. “Dental health is a very important part of your pets overall health, and dental problems can cause, or be caused by, other health problems” (AMVA.org). If this doesn’t want to make sure your pets teeth are healthy, I don’t know what will. There are several symptoms of bad teeth in pets and they should have a routine checkup once a year. Some of the symptoms that AMVA states to look for are, “bad breath, discolored teeth or covered in tartar, abnormal chewing, drooling or dropping food from the mouth, bleeding from mouth or swelling in areas surrounding the mouth”. These are very important to look for and if you notice any of the following symptoms, take your pet to your veterinarian immediately. After finding out that your pet is having teeth issues you will learn the cause which there can also be several. The most common in dogs and cats is periodontal disease. “Periodontal disease doesn’t just affect your pets mouth, other problems found in association are kidney, liver and heart muscle changes” and it starts with “simple plaque that hardens into tartar”. Remember that we should be thinking about our pets dental not just in February but every month of the year. Make sure to get the routine one year cleaning as well as plaque reducing treats, teeth brushings, etc. The next time you see your pet dentist ask them what they recommend for cleaning your pets teeth throughout the year.

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