Does your pet need dental care?

As humans, we’re often reminded how important it is to brush and floss on a regular basis–often at least twice daily! We have to work to avoid cavities, gum disease, and other painful oral hygiene problems that can lead to expensive operations to fix. Well, guess what? We’re not the only creatures on this planet with teeth! Our pets need oral care too, otherwise they can experience many similar oral issues. That’s why February has been deemed Pet Dental Health Month.

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The American Veterinary Medical Association dedicates a whole month to addressing pet dental health, so it’s obviously a big issue. Here’s the startling fact: It’s estimated that 70 – 80% of all dogs and cats have some form of periodontal disease. Periodontal disease has been linked as a risk factor in everything from kidney disease to diabetes to heart attacks. That’s rather serious stuff.

So how do you get your dog or cat into good oral hygiene habits? Just like with humans, regular teeth brushing is a good start. Take your pet to the vet and have their teeth inspected (and given a more thorough cleaning, if needed). And it’s also been shown that crunchy treats can help fight plaque–though you don’t want to spoil them with too many! All of these steps combined will go a long way to secure your pet’s dental health.

Check out this video that gives detailed instructions on how to make regular pet teeth brushing an activity they become comfortable with:

What steps have you taken to keep your pet’s teeth and gums disease free?

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