No matter how closely some of us keep an eye on pet health, it's easy to overlook the potentially serious issues behind poor oral hygiene in our furry friends. The American Veterinary Medical Foundation aims to turn that around every February thanks to the annual celebration of National Pet Dental Health Month. Taking a little time to do some homework and improve your pet's dental habits will go a long way toward preventing more serious problems down the line.
The Importance of Dental Health for Pets
Just like humans, a pet's dental health has a strong connection to their overall well-being. Damage to their teeth and gums can eventually cause damage to their internal organs if not closely monitored; the act of brushing their teeth becomes a large facet of animal care. Unfortunately, it's not always that simple, which is why you should ask your veterinarian for tips to help with the brushing process. It will take some work, but avoiding serious pet health issues, like periodontal disease, is worth the effort.
Most pet doctors recommend having your pet's teeth checked at least once per year, which is the best way to catch potential problems in their early stages. You will want to have them checked sooner if you notice bad breath, broken or loose teeth, extra teeth, discolored or tar-covered teeth, pain or bleeding in the mouth area, or any abnormal chewing habits.
Even irritability and changes in behavior could signify oral pet health problems, so it's always best to play it safe and visit your local veterinarian. Consider February's National Pet Dental Health Month as a convenient springboard for a long, healthy life free of oral complications for your loved one.
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