February is Dental Health Month

By February 11, 2019Pet Health

Dental Health Month

Does your pet have bad breath?

Pet Dental Care is extremely important, and what better time to visit the topic than during Pet Dental Health Month. To help you select the right food for your pet, the veterinary team here at Mercy has provided the following pointers.

There’s a reason for Pet Dental Health Month

While many pet owners are aware of the potential health risks related to our pets oral care, others still need to have these risks brought to their attention. And thus, we have a month dedicated to raising awareness for our pet’s teeth and dental health.

The signs

There are many different ways to check and see if your pet may be having dental issues, but there are also signs that may not be as visible. This is why veterinarians recommend having your pet’s teeth checked and cleaned at least once a year. Here are some things to keep an eye (or nose) out for:

  • Bad breath
  • Broken, lose, or missing teeth
  • Discoloration of teeth, or tartar build up
  • Excessive chewing or drooling
  • Reduced appetite or inability to chew
  • Swelling and bleeding in or around the mouth

At home care

Prevention is extremely important to maintain oral health. However, before starting an at-home program, your pet should have an oral exam. This prevents starting home oral care that could cause pain for your pet if they presently have any dental issues.

Brushing your pet’s teeth on a regular basis is the most effective way to keep plaque from building up and causing larger dental health issues. You can also consider buying your pet toys and treats to help with plaque and tartar control. However, there are a lot of dental products for pets and some are more effective than others; so make sure you speak with your veterinarian about which products are best.

The research

There is more than enough research and statistics to show how prone our pets are to having dental issues. We’ll save the scary numbers, but we do encourage every pet owner to be responsible when it comes to our furry friends’ dental health.

Seeing some of these warning signs with your pets oral health, or want to help further prevention? Schedule a dental appointment:

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