February is National Pet Dental Health Month! It's essential to remember that good dental care is as important for your pets as it is for the special humans in your life.
Dental Care for Good Pet Health
"Without regular dental care, your dog or cat can develop gum disease," says Dr. Roane, a West Linn dentist specializing in treating periodontal disease. "Left untreated, gum disease threatens the long-term health of your pet, including infection of the heart and kidneys."
Regularly scheduled dental care is essential for your pet's good health. Request a dental check up from your vet during a scheduled visit to establish a baseline of your pet's dental health. Use this opportunity to ask questions and get information on how to best take care of your pet's teeth.
Signs of Dental Disease
One of the reasons for a dental check up from your vet is to help prevent dental disease. If your dog or cat exhibits one or more of these signs, don't wait for the next scheduled vet visit to get a dental check up:
- Broken or brownish teeth
- Swollen, red gums
- Bleeding from the mouth
- Breath that smells of rotten egg or spoiled meat
- Difficulty eating
These important symptoms can be an indication that something is wrong regarding your pet's dental health. Take this opportunity to seek help for your pet and avoid potential future complications.
Dental Care for Pets is Worth the Money
Like dental care in humans, prevention is the best way to save time and money in the future. While vet visits can be inconvenient on your wallet, the cost of preventative dental care for pets is less than half the cost of responding to a dental emergency. Plus, prevention of dental disease for your pet can be practiced easily at home with little out of pocket cost but a great return in peace of mind!
Good At-Home Dental Care
A vet visit can provide your pet with a thorough oral exam and a teeth cleaning to prevent gum disease. Use this opportunity to have the vet show you the best way to brush your dog or cat's teeth. Your vet can also provide recommendations for additional tools - like specialized toothbrushes, toothpastes, treats, and mouth sprays - to incorporate good dental health care practices in between vet visits.