February Is National Pet Dental Health Month

Posted: Mar 04 2009

Originally published January 30th, 2007

Did you know that February is National Pet Dental Health Month? The American Veterinary Medical Association is sponsoring this great promotion, and we here at PupLife.com support it 100%.

The AVMA has a 3 step plan that you can take to ensure your pet’s better dental health:

Step 1:
Visit your veterinarians for a complete check-up.
Your pet can’t tell you if he has a toothache but your veterinarian can. Your veterinarian can determine if tartar build up has started and the appropriate course of treatment what treatment.

Step 2:
Start a pet dental care routine at home.
Begin brushing your pet’s teeth at home. It is best start them on routine brushing programs early but adult animals can be taught to tolerate brushing. Use a specially designed pet toothbrush or soft gauze. There are specially formulated toothpastes for pets. Toothpaste for humans may upset your pet’s stomach.

Step 3:
Continue regular veterinary check ups.
Discuss your pet’s dental care and diet with your veterinarian.
Watch for warning signs of dental disease such as bad breath, a change in eating or chewing habits, or depression between visits.

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