Sunday, January 15, 2012

Does Your Pet Have Pearly Whites?

Were you aware that February is Pet Dental Health Month? Well, it is. Several veterinarian groups have teamed up to make sure that pet owners are educated about the importance of your pets dental care. We want to do our part as well.

Did you know that Periodontal Disease is the most common disease among dogs and cats?
It is mainly caused from a build up of plaque, which creates infection and destroys the gums resulting in the loss of the tissues and bone that support the teeth.

What are some signs that your pet might be suffering from Periodontal Disease?
Look for things like tooth loss, bad breath, going to his or her bowl but not eating or swallows food whole instead, dropping food out of mouth, excessive drooling, yellow/brown crust on teeth, bleeging gums, or subdued behavior.

It is occurs more often in smaller dogs, certain breeds of cats, and older pets. Poor dental hygiene is often the cause but some pets also have a congenital predisposition to dental disease. This is why you should have a dental health plan in place for your pets.

One important step we recommend is brushing the teeth with a toothbrush and specially formulated toothpaste.

Talk to your veterinarian about additional steps you can take to ensure your pet's smile is always a healthy smile.

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