February is National Pet Dental Health Month

We at Move your Doggie wish you a happy and successful National Pet Dental Health month!

Don’t turn your nose to your pet’s bad breath! That odour might signify a serious health risk, with the potential to damage not only your pet’s teeth and gums but its internal organs as well.

Dental disease is more than just a cosmetic issue. When your canine companion or feline friend has red gums, yellow teeth, and stinky breath, it could be a sign of serious oral disease that could, if left untreated, lead to devastating effects on your pet’s quality of life.

Neglecting your pet’s teeth and gums can cause chronic pain issues that may even be at the center of certain behavioural problems.

That’s why National Pet Dental Health Month, observed all through February, is so important! Here are some things to keep in mind this month and all throughout the year.

Take this month to check your pet’s oral health, and make sure you know how to care for their teeth. National Pet Dental Health Month is the perfect time to call your veterinarian and schedule a dental check-up for your furry family members.

Pets with developing gingivitis and periodontal diseases often paw at their faces or mouths frequently, have excessive drool, and may also exhibit an unwillingness to eat harder foods.

As with many health issues, prevention is always the best medicine. 

One way you can take a proactive role in preventing oral disease in your pet is by using an important tool that many pet parents neglect to purchase for their four-legged friends: a toothbrush. 

Softly brush your pets’ teeth using an animal’s toothbrush and toothpaste formulated for pets. Toothpaste for humans has way too much fluoride content which can be toxic to animals, so seek a vet’s advice.

Overall health begins with a good diet, but did you know that many dental health issues are caused by malnutrition? Work with your veterinarian to address your pet’s nutrition and develop a healthy eating plan.

Your veterinarian may recommend professional teeth cleaning for your dog or cat once or twice a year or as needed.

Keeping on top of your pet’s dental health has lasting, positive effects. Furthermore, some studies suggest that maintaining oral health can add up to five years to your pet’s life!

How often do you get your pet’s teeth professionally cleaned? 

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