Much as you love your pet’s “smile,” you sometimes wish it wasn’t accompanied by bad breath. Did you know bad breath in pets is not just unappealing? It could be a symptom of serious periodontal disease. (Just think if you didn’t brush your teeth for a couple of years!)
February is National Pet Dental Month. Many veterinarians around the Arlington, VA area encourage you to celebrate. Its primary goal is educations on the importance of good dental care for pets. Along with good dental care be sure your dog is getting the proper nutrition and is on an exercise program. Dog walking is a great way for you and your pet to get some fresh air. Arlington also some a number of great trials to explore to keep your dog walking routine fresh, find one here: http://www.arlingtonva.us/Departments/ParksRecreation/scripts/parks/ParksRecreationScriptsParksTrailsList.aspx
Gum or periodontal disease is currently the number one diagnosed health problem in dogs and cats over age three. Problems begin when food particles and bacteria build up in the mouth, forming plaque and tartar and leading to gingivitis and severe periodontal disease. Periodontal disease can result in a host of problems, including tooth decay, bad breath, bleeding gums, and in severe cases, tooth loss. Bacteria that cause periodontal disease can even enter the bloodstream and damage the heart, liver, kidney, and lungs.
3 Steps for Dental Care
1 Get a dental exam by your veterinarian, including a dental cleaning under anesthesia, if needed
2 Follow a home care routine, including appropriate nutrition and regular brushing
3 Follow up with regular veterinary checkups
Think how much better you feel when your own teeth are cleaned and polished! Pets deserve to have their dental problems diagnosed and treated by veterinary professionals. Maintaining a healthy mouth is an important part of your pet’s care and can ensure that your pet lives a healthier life. For more information on pets’ dental health care, ask your veterinarian or visit www.petdental.com.