Pet Dental Health Month: Why It's Important and How to Care for Your Pet's Teeth
February is National Pet Dental Health Month, a time to raise awareness about the importance of dental care for our furry friends. Just like with human dental health, pet dental care is crucial for preventing painful and costly oral health problems. Neglecting dental care can lead to more serious health issues, affecting not only your pet’s teeth and gums but also their overall health and well-being. Let’s explore why pet dental care is so important and what you can do to keep your pet's teeth healthy.
Why Is Pet Dental Care Important?
Dental disease is one of the most common health problems in pets, and neglecting dental care can lead to painful conditions like gum disease, tooth decay, and tooth loss. Tooth and gum disease not only affects your pet's oral health, but it can also lead to more serious health problems, such as heart disease and kidney problems. When bacteria from the mouth enter the bloodstream, it can spread to other parts of the body and damage internal organs. For this reason, caring for your pet’s teeth is just as important as caring for your own!
Here are a few ways to help maintain your pet’s smile and give them the healthy, happy life they deserve:
1. Brush Your Pet's Teeth Regularly
Brushing your pet's teeth is the best way to prevent plaque and tartar buildup. Use a soft-bristled brush made specifically for animals and pet-friendly toothpaste, and brush your pet's teeth at least twice a week. It may take some practice, but most animals learn to accept having their teeth brushed.
2. Offer Dental Chews And Toys
Dental chews and toys remove plaque and tartar to help keep your pet's teeth clean and healthy. Look for products that are designed specifically for pet dental care. The best are those that have been accepted by the Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC). When in doubt, ask your veterinarian what products are most suitable for your furry friend.
3. Schedule Annual Dental Care With A Veterinarian
In addition to regular dental care at home, it's essential to schedule an annual dental check-up with your veterinarian. Here at Happy Valley Pet Hospital, we can perform a thorough cleaning above and below the gum line, check for any signs of dental disease, and provide professional advice on how to keep your pet's teeth and gums healthy. We’re also equipped to perform extractions when necessary.
Take Care of Your Pet’s Teeth with Help from Happy Valley Pet Hospital
Dental care is an essential aspect of your pet's overall health and well-being, and neglecting it can lead to painful and costly oral health problems, as well as more serious health issues. By brushing your pet's teeth regularly, offering dental chews and toys, and scheduling an annual dental check-up and cleaning at Happy Valley Pet Hospital, you can help keep your pet's teeth and gums healthy for years to come. Don't forget to schedule your pet's next dental check-up today, and help celebrate Pet Dental Health Month by spreading the word about the importance of pet dental care.