Pet owners spend hundreds of dollars to make sure their pets have the best in everything: food, day care, and even bedding. But one thing that is frequently overlooked by dog owners is dental care. The American Veterinary Medical Association estimates that only 1% of dog owners brush their dog’s teeth, so they’ve declared February as National Pet Dental Health Month.
“Periodontal disease is the most common health problem that veterinarians find in pets,” explains Dr. Douglas Aspros, president of the AVMA. “Dental health problems are extremely common, and many are very painful and can lead to serious systemic conditions.” That’s why it’s so important for you to have your pet’s teeth looked at when you take them to the vet. On their website, you can find videos that show how to teach your dog or cat how to accept a daily brushing.
The AVMA says that if you notice any of the symptoms below, take your pet into your veterinarian as soon as possible:
*Bad breath—Most pets have breath that is less than fresh, but if it becomes truly repugnant, that’s a sign that periodontal disease has already started.
*Frequent pawing or rubbing at the face and/or mouth.
*Reluctance to eat hard foods.
*Red swollen gums and brownish teeth.
Your vet can also recommend for you chew toys and food to improve your pet’s dental health.
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