Your Pet’s Dental Health
Is Fido or Fluffy suffering from a bad case of halitosis? While pets aren’t known for having great breath, it may actually be a sign of poor oral health.
Since February is National Pet Dental Health Month, it’s the ideal time for you to consider to a few ways to promote your pet’s oral health.
- Educate yourself. Here are a few key facts about dental care for pets:
- Bad breath
- Loose or discolored teeth
- Excessive drooling or dropping food
- Bleeding from the mouth
- Mouth sensitivity or pain
- Loss of appetite or weight
Be aware of the potential health risks of neglecting pets’ dental health. One of the most common conditions is periodontal disease, a gum infection that affects four out of five dogs over the age of three. Untreated infections or disease can lead to more severe problems with the kidney, liver or heart.
- Brush your pets’ teeth
To prevent build up of plaque and bacteria, pets need their pearly whites brushed on a daily basis – just like humans.
- Use dental chew products
Allow your pet to chew on a healthy chew (Dental Stix, Greenies, ie) to help remove tartar.