February already, WOW, this year seems that is will be going fast. Just a reminder that February is National Pet Dental Month. So as you remember your Pug’s yearly shots remember they will need to have their teeth checked also. Dental disease is as dangerous for Pugs as it is for humans. Dental disease can occur by age 3 of your Pug. The older your Pug is the more they are prone to dental disease. Older Pugs should be seen by a veterinarian at least twice a year. Even if your Pug’s teeth looks clean it doesn’t mean they are. Dental disease is bacterial from foods, treats, or whatever they eat gets under the edge of your Pug’s gum where one without dental tools would not be able to see. For instance, if your Pug has bad breath it is caused but bacteria so the worse their breath is the worse the bacteria is in the Pug’s mouth. Bad breaths in most cases are a sign of dental disease and should be looked at as soon as possible. One can assist with keeping dental disease at bay with the brushing of their Pug’s teeth, provided dental bones or chews (anything that helps to produce saliva), and putting doggie mouthwash in their Pug’s water bowl. Dental disease is painful for Pugs just as it is for humans. Pugs however will hide their pain. One would be able to tell if your Pug has dental disease because they are not as playful, drools more, has bad breath, and does not allow one near his face or mouth, or a changing in their eating habits. Dental disease is also linked to kidney disease, lung disease, bladder infections, and heart problems if not taken care of. Dental care is imperative to keeping your Pug’s overall health in check. One should watch what they feed their Pug. A diet high in meat could help contribute to dental disease. Oxtails, large knucklebones, any diet with organ or muscle within the meat are also detrimental to the health of your Pug’s teeth. A well-balanced diet of meats, vegetables, fruits, and so on will help keep your Pug happy, health from their teeth to their waste lines. So no matter whether your Pug is a puppy or a senior good dental hygiene helps keep them healthy overall with well-balance diet, nutritious treats, exercise, plenty of water, and love. Again, check with your local veterinarian they may be offering specials deals to help keep your Pug’s teeth healthy and a happy smile. If you are worried about the cost of dental cleaning for your Pug, with February being National Pet Dental Month there are veterinarians who usually offer specials to have your Pug’s teeth viewed. If you are concerned about the anesthesia that is used to clean your Pug’s teeth it is best to discuss this with your veterinarian or seek a non-anesthesia dental cleaning veterinarian. Either way remember dental hygiene is important to keeping your Pug happy and healthy.