Thursday, February 20, 2014

February is Pet Dental Health Month

A pet's oral hygiene has a direct correlation to life expectancy.  A healthy mouth can increase a pet's life up
February is Pet Dental Health Month
to two years according to studies. February is Pet Dental Health Month, so it's the perfect time to schedule your dog's dental cleaning and exam.

"Many dogs show disease well before they show symptoms," says +Julian Peckich DVM , veterinarian at +Marietta Vet Clinic.  "Cleaning your dog's teeth can reduce the chances of developing oral disease, bad breath and tooth loss."

Let's take a look at some of the signs dental disease can display in a pet.

1. Bad breath
2. Excessive drooling
3. Changes in eating habits
4. Pawing at the mouth

Poor oral health can lead to kidney disease and heart disease.  Bacteria in a dog's mouth, just like people can buildup and enter the blood stream wreaking havoc to overall health.

Here are some of the ways to help your pet have a healthier mouth during dental health month.

1. Begin a routine of brushing your dog's teeth daily using toothpaste designed for dogs. These toothpastes have special flavoring that dogs find more appealing.   Keep initial brushing gentle and only a few seconds working up to a minute per day.

2. Many products are made targeting plaque, bacteria and tartar in the mouth for pets.  Rinses, water additives, bones for chewing and and treats especially made for controlling plaque.

3.  Feed your pet hard kibbles. Soft, moist dog food does not remove plaque.

4. Have a veterinarian decide if your pet should have its teeth cleaned.  The visit can ensure your pet does not have bothersome teeth.

February is a good month to call the veterinarian and have your pet evaluated.