National Pet Dental Health Month
National Pet Dental Health Month is upon us. We just wrapped up celebrating Valentine’s Day, a day devoted to treats for all the loves in our lives, including our dogs and cats. So, I thought it would be only fitting to address a common misconception regarding dental health and pets. Many people think that dental health is not a priority for our pets. I’m here to tell you that is completely false. Dogs and cats are very susceptible to exhibiting signs of periodontal disease before they ever even make to the age of three. If not treated, periodontal disease can have serious long term effects. Proper dental care should be provided for your pets just as you would provide it for the human members of your family.
Know the Signs!
Knowing the signs of potential pet dental health is key! You should be very aware of what a healthy mouth should look like in your dog and cat. This will make spotting possible issues so much easier. Also, keep an eye out for some of the same signs of trouble as you would your human counterparts. Bad breath, broken, loose or extra teeth, bleeding and swelling of the mouth, and drooling can all be signs of periodontal disease. Furthermore, any indication that your pet is experiencing pain of the mouth or jaw, as well as refusal to eat as usual should be taken seriously. Any of the above signs can be a flashing red light that your pet’s mouth is not as healthy as it should be. [Read more…] about National Pet Dental Health Month