February is a short month and is often pretty bland as far as excitement goes. This year is particularly dreadful and cold but it does have two things working in its favour to spice things up that set it apart from previous years.
Firstly, Canada is doing really well at the 2014 Olympics so far and we’ve seen great stories of humanity, sportsmanship and roads to victory along the way.
Secondly, it’s Pet Dental Health Month.
Oh you didn’t know that Pet Dental Health Month was such a big thing? Rest assured, it’s pretty dramatic stuff. Here’s a few things that you probably didn’t know about your pet’s mouth:
There is clearly a major disconnect between what veterinarians are saying and what pet owners are hearing. This is why Pet Dental Health Month exists, to increase awareness of how vital dental health is to the overall care and wellness of a pet.
What many don’t seem to realise is that by taking a proactive approach to their pets’ oral and dental care they are in fact also helping to reduce instances and even prevent some very major health problems that can be brought on as a result of poor or lack of dental care. Such conditions include:
One of the best indicators that there’s something not right with your pet’s dental health is an obvious one, and something that pet owners notice on a regular basis...
Halitosis, or awfully smelly breath caused by bacteria, is easy to spot. Most pet owners think little of their pet’s bad breath but it could be an indicator of a developing dental disease. Dogs, just like humans, always have some bacteria in their mouths, and these bacteria attach themselves to the plaque on the teeth. This collection may not smell exactly lovely, but it’s when the scent becomes noxious, rotten and overwhelming that there is likely to be a significant underlying problem.
What Can Pet Owners Do?
The best way to ward off major dental procedures and future health problems is to regularly brush the teeth of their pets. This helps to remove excess plaque from the teeth and gumline, massage the gums to prevent gingivitis and also spend some quality hands-on time with the pet.
Keep in mind, don’t use human toothpaste. Pets have their own specially formulated varieties. There are other products on the market that help to reduce oral bacteria that are available at your vet’s office and some pet stores but it’s best to chat with your vet about their recommendations.
At your pet’s next visit checkup, make sure to take the time to talk to their vet about how you can take an active role in your pet’s dental care. It’s better to take preventative measures than to treat a serious condition later, and your pet’s longer life will be a reward in itself.