The Importance of Pet Dental Health!
Published on: February 7, 2017
February is National Pet Dental Health Month
It’s the perfect time to learn about all the benefits a good dental routine can have for your dog or cat. Many pets suffer from stinky breath, but did you know that bad mouth odors can indicate a more serious health issue? 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have some form of periodontal disease by the age of three. That’s why your pet’s teeth and gums should be checked by a veterinarian at least once a year to detect early signs of potential problems.
However, there are also preventative steps you can take at home! Just like with humans, regularly brushing your pet’s teeth is the most effective way to keep teeth healthy between dental cleanings. Daily brushing is best, but not always easy or possible. Brushing several times a week, can still be effective in keeping teeth clear of tartar and plaque. Many dogs accept brushing, but some dogs and cats can be more resistant. Patience and training are important keys to success!
If brushing isn’t working out, try talking to your veterinarian about alternatives. There are a number of dental products out there that might better suit your pet such as water additives, dental chews and senior dental chews, teeth cleaning gel, enzyme-based food additives, or liquid floss spray coupled with a teeth cleaning toy.
The staff at your locally owned and operated Wag N’ Wash is happy to answer all your questions about the dental products we carry! Also ask about the anesthesia-free dental cleaning clinics (select locations) we host!