February is National Pet Dental Health Month

Health

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To address the significance of oral health care for pets, the AVMA sponsors National Pet Dental Health Month each February.

Dental care is an important part of your pet’s overall health. Dental problems can cause, or be  the cause of other significant health issues. Your pet’s teeth & gums should be examined at least once a year by your veterinarian to check for early signs of a problem & to keep your pet’s mouth healthy.

Regularly brushing your pet’s teeth is the single most effective thing you can do to keep their teeth healthy between dental cleanings by your veterinarian. Daily brushing is best if possible. Brushing several times a week can also be very effective. Simply wiping the teeth & gums with a warm cloth can also be an effective approach for those canines who don’t like the use of brushes. Most dogs accept brushing, but cats can be a bit more resistant – patience & training is important.

There are many pet products on the market with claims that they improve dental health, but not all of them are effective. Do your research & talk with your veterinarian about any dental products, treats, or dental-specific diets you’re considering for your pet.

Later this week I’ll show you how to brush your good dog’s teeth. So don’t forget to sniff your way back here 😉

CEO Olivia

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