February is National Pet Dental Health Month!

Pet Dental Care

Bulldog sitting down and brushing his teeth with a blue toothbrush that has toothpaste bubbles
February is National Pet Dental Health Month!

Does your pet’s breath smell really bad? Are they not interested in playing with their toys anymore? This could be signs that your pet’s teeth are hurting them and they could use a pet dental checkup. Having your pet seen annually by your local animal dentist will help catch some of these problems early. Dental disease can become very painful for your pets.

Signs and Symptoms of Needed Pet Dental Care
  • Bad breath
  • Eating difficulties
  • Problem gums
  • Stained teeth
  • Loose/broken teeth
  • Lethargy, weight loss
  • Excessive salivation
  • Swelling on the face

Almost all animals will suffer from dental disease at some point. The main breeds that have issues are Pugs, Yorkies, Shelties, Chihuahuas, Cavalier King Charles, Greyhounds, Dachshunds, Maltese, Chinese Cresteds, and Poodles. A lot of cats have dental problems as well due to the smaller mouths and having a primarily wet food diet. About 70% of cats and 80% of dogs 3 years and older have oral diseases. If you do not treat the problem it can lead to pain, emaciation, tooth loss, sinus infections, sepsis and periodontal disease. Periodontal disease can contribute to or increase the risk of infection of heart/lungs/kidneys, heart failure, cancer, arthritis and spinal disease.

Some good preventatives are to brush your pet’s teeth every day, have regular oral exams/cleanings, feel a quality pet food, and offer safe toys/treats for daily chewing. If you happen to notice any of the above symptoms in your pet, it’s a good idea to call your local veterinarian and set up an animal dentist appointment. Practicing proper pet dental care will increase your pets lifespan and overall quality of life.