February Is National Pet Dental Health Month
Originally published February 12th, 2007
February is National Pet Dental Health Month, and we think that this promotion by The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) is absolutely wonderful. According the the AVMA, “More than 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats show signs of oral disease by the time they’re three years old. This can lead to serious health problems.” Dental health and hygiene is extremely important for the well being of your pet. Here are some tips to improving your dog’s dental health:
1) Make sure your vet checks your pet’s teeth and gums regularly. If needed, your vet should remove tartar and plaque from your dog’s teeth.
2) Give your pet crunchy, hard treats (or raw bones) regularly to help keep your dog’s teeth clean
3) Consider using Dog Dental Wipes to help eliminate plaque and maintain your dog’s oral hygiene.
4) Chew toys and rope toys also can help keep your pet’s teeth clean (plus they are fun!)
5) Regularly check your pup’s teeth and gums for any discolorations or inflammation. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
6) If possible, brush your dog’s teeth on a regular basis.