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February National Pet Dental Month!

Wag Your Tail for Healthy Smiles: National Pet Dental Health Month is Here!

Pet Dental month - Glean Oak Dog and Cat HospitalFebruary is a month for love, and what better way to show your furry valentine some love than by focusing on their dental health? Did you know that February is also National Pet Dental Health Month? This dedicated time serves as a crucial reminder that just like us, our pets need proper dental care to maintain optimal health and well-being. Dr. Ashley Rossman recently contributed to an article on the subject for the Daily Herald. Here is an excerpt:

“The American Veterinary Medical Association says regularly brushing your pet’s teeth is the most effective thing you can do to keep teeth healthy between dental cleanings and may reduce the frequency for periodic dental cleaning by a veterinarian. Daily brushing is best, but brushing several times a week can also be effective. Many pet supply stores have a variety of toothbrushes designed for dogs. Most dogs tolerate brushing and it’s best to begin training them to accept brushing when they are young. Dr. Rossman recommends toothpaste specifically designed for animals and their pH levels.”


So, why is dental health so important for our pets?

  • Oral health impacts overall health: Untreated dental disease can lead to painful infections, tooth loss, and even spread bacteria to other organs, potentially affecting the heart, liver, and kidneys.
  • Signs of trouble: Bad breath, difficulty eating, pawing at the mouth, and red or swollen gums are all potential indicators of dental problems.
  • Prevention is key: Regular brushing, dental chews, and professional cleanings can significantly reduce the risk of dental disease and its associated complications.

National Pet Dental Health Month is the perfect opportunity to:

  • Schedule a dental checkup with your veterinarian: This allows for early detection and treatment of any potential issues.
  • Learn about proper pet dental care: Brush your pet’s teeth regularly, provide dental chews approved by your vet, and consider adding dental water additives to their routine.
  • Spread awareness: Share information about the importance of pet dental health with friends and family, encouraging them to prioritize their furry companions’ oral hygiene.

By taking proactive steps towards your pet’s dental health, you can ensure they live a long, healthy, and pain-free life filled with happy smiles and playful barks or purrs. Remember, a healthy mouth equals a happy pet!

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