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Pearly Whites for Healthy Pets: A Guide for Pet Dental Health

Don't ignore your pet's unpleasant breath! It could indicate a potential health concern. Dental well-being is a vital aspect of your pet's overall health, with dental issues potentially contributing to or arising from other health problems. To underscore the importance of pet dental health, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has designated February as National Pet Dental Health Month.



The Numbers


Just as human oral health impacts overall well-being, pets are no exception. Over 80% of dogs and around 70% of cats suffer from some form of gum or dental disease. This is largely due to plaque build up, which can eventually lead to periodontal disease and other issues such as pain, tooth loss, or infection. Let's use National Pet Dental Health Month as a catalyst for changing this staggering statistic!




Regular Brushing


Brushing your pet's teeth is something all responsible pet owners should be doing regularly. This will help prevent diseases, curb bad breath, and reduce plaque build up. Make sure the toothbrush you choose is very soft (they make toothbrushes specifically for pets!) and never use human toothpaste, only toothpaste made for pets. Flouride can be harmful to pets and is often found in human toothpaste. Pets typically aren't the biggest fans of getting their teeth brushed, so be sure to get them comfortable with the process by using positive reinforcement. It's best to do this from the time they are very young, so that they get comfortable with the process and can create positive associations early. However, it's never too late to start taking your pet's dental health seriously. Start slow, praise, pet, and reward. If you are struggling, consider changing your strategy, doing more research, or taking your pet to the vet for brushing.



Feeding for Dental Health


A healthy balanced diet is essential for your pet, impacting oral health and overall vitality. Chews are a great way to help reduce plaque for dogs. Be cautious of "dental" treats & chews, as some contain harmful ingredients and chemicals. Always read the labels of food and treats you feed your pet to make sure the ingredient list is up to your standards! If your dog is suffering from bad breath, be sure to try The Wild Bone Co. Fresh Breath Chicken Cutlets, with added mint and parsley! However, bad breath can be a sign of something more serious, so be sure to continue regular vet visits.




Veterinary Care for Preventive Maintenance


Similar to regular dentist visits for humans, routine veterinary visits play a crucial role in maintaining optimal pet oral health. Vets, like dentists, aren't just there for issues – prevention is key. They may recommend professional cleanings and offer guidance on maintaining oral health between visits. Asking questions is encouraged, as your vet is the best person to provide personalized advice for your pet's specific needs.



Conclusion


Now that National Pet Dental Health Month is in full swing, take a proactive approach to your pet's oral care to ensure your pets enjoy a lifetime of healthy smiles. By prioritizing regular home dental care, a balanced diet, and routine veterinary check-ups, you'll be well on your way to promoting the overall well-being of your furry companions. No one is a huge fan of bad breath anyway!

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