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Pet Dental Month: Keeping Your Pup’s Mouth Clean & Healthy

Here are some tips on how to go about Pet Dental Month. 

Oral Health: Not Just For Humans

February is National Pet Dental Health month! When your pup is due for their oral health exam, know the warning signs to acknowledge when something’s not right. Warning signs vary from smelly breath to lost teeth or even changes in their eating and chewing habits. You’ll be able to justify a change in your pup’s behavior. 

On average, more than 80% of dogs over the age of four years are already being affected by periodontal disease! However, integrating good dental hygiene at home and regular dental checkups with your vet can ensure a healthy and happy smile. Being proactive about your pup’s oral health now will also save you time, stress and money in the future. Medical dental cleanings can be pretty pricey. If you wait until your dog absolutely needs it, there is more than likely an infection that has already set in their mouth– which exposes them to other harmful diseases of the heart, kidneys and major organs. 

Below are some examples showing you how to prevent your pup from obtaining oral health issues:

Brush Those Canines! 

You may be thinking that this sounds much easier than it actually is…and you may be right. However, if you have time, patience and concern for your pet’s oral health, brushing their teeth can actually turn into something fun and proactive.

 

Opt For Toys, Treats And Food That Are Good For Their Teeth.

Relying on this method for only dental cleaning is not recommended, but it can help with bad breath and reducing plaque and tartar buildup. Feeding your pup a strict raw diet or giving them fresh and healthy treats (like certain fruits and vegetables) can also assist in maintaining good oral health. 

 

Give Your Pup Regular Checkups. 

Pets are similar to humans as far as their need to keep up with wellness checks. Comprehensive examinations, blood work, dental cleanings and overall care will help ensure a healthy, long life for your pup. Your vet will also go over with you proactive measures that you can take to better your dog’s oral health. Be sure to also consult with them right away if you notice any changes in your pup’s oral health.  Here are some common warning signs:

 

Although February may be the only month that brings awareness to Dental Health for your pets, these cleaning rituals should be practiced every day year-round.