Does your beloved pooch have breath that can clear a room? Are your cat's kisses anything but fresh? Most humans brush their teeth daily, but what about our pets? Proper dental care is important for them too! In honor of that, the month of February is Pet Dental Health Month.
Periodontal disease is one of the leading health concerns in pets. So what should you do if pet's dental care is something you've been neglecting?
A good first step is to bring your pet in to see the vet. Your vet should be able to spot any dental problems, and if necessary can give your pet a dental cleaning; a process where pets are sedated so that their teeth can be thoroughly cleaned.
After your pet checks out with his/her vet, it's important to establish a good hygiene schedule at home. Brushing your pet's teeth is something that will take getting used to for both you and your pet, but it will go a long way towards maintaining your pet's healthy teeth! Do plenty of research when choosing dental products for pets. Other than your standard toothbrush and toothpaste, there are other products on the market like oral sprays and water additives that can help keep your pets teeth clean. If you have a pet that likes to chew on things, offering safe chew toys or foods may help keep your pet's teeth clean.
Make sure to monitor your pets teeth and mouth, and at the first sign of any problems get them in to see a vet. Often times, just like in humans, dental issues can be very painful for animals. So what should you look out for? Any of the following symptoms can be caused by dental problems.
- Bad breath
- Difficulty or reluctance to eat
- Inflamed gums or damaged teeth
- Bleeding, swelling, or redness around the gums
Even if dental health is something you've ignored in the past, it's an important part of your pets overall health. It's never too late to start caring for your pet's teeth, and Pet Dental Health Month is a great time to start! Keep your pets smile pearly white, because nobody likes getting kisses from an animal with stinky breath!