February is pet dental health awareness month. To celebrate we have some of our very own smiling pups here to tell you all about keeping your pet’s teeth healthy!
You know your dentist’s orders: Brush and floss twice a day to keep your human teeth nice and healthy. But what about your pet’s teeth?
According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, 80% of dogs and 70% of cats show signs of oral disease by age three! Dental care is not always a priority at a vet’s office, but as a pet owner you can make it one. Having your pet’s teeth cleaned properly by a veterinarian can help prevent infections and prolong your pet’s life.
Let’s discuss ways to keep your pet’s teeth nice and healthy:
1. Take your pet to get a dental exam at your veterinarian’s office at least once a year.
2. Start a dental-care regimen at home – ask your vet for appropriate methods to help keep your pet’s teeth clean on a daily basis.
3. Schedule a yearly dental cleaning with your veterinarian. You have to go to the dentist once a year for a full dental cleaning – your pet should too!
Common signs of dental disease (if your pet exhibits any of these, please take them to your veterinarian):
- Consistently stinky breath
- Loose or discolored teeth or teeth covered in tartar
- Your pet is not comfortable with you touching their mouth
- Abnormal drooling or dropping food from the mouth
- Bleeding from the gums
- Loss of appetite or loss of weight
To find out more about pet dental health, visit these sites:
For more information about the Houston SPCA, visit our website: www.HoustonSPCA.org