Pet Dental Health Month

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We are almost at the end of the month, but we wanted to mention that February is Pet Dental Health Month. Awareness of pet dental health has become a hot topic in recent years – much more so than in the past. Folks used to think that giving your dog a nice bone to chew on every once in awhile was enough to keep their teeth clean. Well that’s certainly not so.
 
The AVMA (American Veterinary Medicine Association) has many excellent resources on their website, including a quiz to test your knowledge about pet dental health. I was surprised to learn that 80% of dogs have some periodontal disease by age 3! I think that speaks to the lack of education around the importance of dental health for your pets. So let’s try to change that a little.
 
PetDentalMonth_Toothberg_403x403Our pets can suffer from the same dental care concerns that humans do: tarter, plaque and periodontal disease. Dental disease is progressive in canines just like humans, so lack of care or treatment leads from simple tarter to periodontal disease.
 
Periodontal disease can lead to all sorts of problems including:
 

  • Red or swollen gums and bad breath
  • Loose, broken and/or yellowed teeth
  • Lack of appetite & weight loss
  • Excessive drooling

 
It can even lead to bone infections or jaw fractures. Dogs with untreated periodontal disease are also at greater risk of heart, kidney & liver disease.

 
The AVMA has produced this video to help raise awareness of the importance of pet dental health. The message is clear – make sure you pay attention to your dog’s teeth!
 

 

Additional Readings:
February is National Pet Dental Health Month
The Perils of Gum Disease in Dogs
Periodontal Disease
Dental Care: What to Include in a Complete Program
 

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  1. The key is a willing patient. I’ve had success with Virbac’s toothpaste. The pups love the taste and so are eager for brushing.

  2. Peridontal disease can also lead to cardiac disease. I noticed this with our Chihuahua that we adopted. Once the diseased teeth were removed, her cardiac condition improved.

  3. Thanks for this great information about dental health. It’s so important and I totally sucked at getting any info out there about it.
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  4. We don’t play when it comes to brushing our teeth. I am doing everything I can to ensure their teeth remain pearly white.
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