Don't Forget February is National Pet Dental Health Month!
Your pet's teeth are just as important to them as your teeth are to you. Not only do healthy teeth allow them to chew their food properly, but it prevents infections and bacteria from not only harming their mouth and gums, but entering their bloodstream and causing problems with internal organs. Your pet dog or pet cat cannot talk for themselves, so they depend on you to look out for them, and inspecting their mouth, their teeth and their gums is a good place to start this month, especially since February is National Pet Dental Health Month.
You might not think it's a big deal now, but regular dental maintenance in the early years will help in preventing your special animal friend from having difficulties in their later years. Additionally, if you start when your pet's young, they'll get used to you examining their mouth and teeth and it won't be a scary ordeal for them. On the other hand, if you wait until they're adults or seniors with dental issues, they're not going to be as easy to handle because they don't understand what your doing when trying to raise their lips or open their mouth to take a look at their teeth.
Poor dental care can lead to minimal problems in the beginning, such as bad breath, but if left unchecked, a bad set of teeth can turn into a more serious problems that are unnecessary and problems that could potentially be avoided.
Whether you have a cat or a dog, or both, you can prevent problems in the future with daily mouth maintenance, teeth brushing and a good, quality dry dog food or dry cat food. Dry food is crunchy, of course, and as your pet chews the dry food the crunching helps to scrub the developing plaque away from their teeth. Additionally, regular access to chews helps your dog to keep his or her teeth clean also.
Lastly, remember, it's a wise decision to have your dog or cat's teeth professionally examined by your favorite veterinarian as you would your own teeth, but what you do for your pet at home, in the daily maintenance stage with have the biggest impact in the long run.
So remember, this February is National Pet Dental Health Month, and you can start a brand new schedule of inspecting your pet's teeth, if you don't already do so, and look forward to a longer, healthier life with them!