February Is National Pet Dental Health Month
Keep your Dalmatian smiling!
Dental disease is a serious matter for dogs. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) reports that 80% of dogs have some kind of oral disease by age 3. Red gums, yellow teeth, and smelly breath could be signs of a serious problem. If untreated, dental disease could lead to continuing pain issues and, sometimes, even behavioral problems.
Warning Signs of Dental or Gum Disease
- Bad breath
- Red and swollen gums
- Yellow brown crusts of tartar along the gum lines
- Bleeding gums or pain
Prevention Is Best
One way you can take an active part in preventing dental disease is by using an important tool that we humans use every day. Yes, even our four-legged friends need a toothbrush, and they are very affordable. You can find the ones we recommend here.
A soft-bristled toothbrush should be used to clean your pet’s teeth daily to remove any food particles and prevent the buildup of tartar and plaque. Make sure to use only toothpaste that is specially made for dogs.
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Whimzees Toothbrush Dental Dog Treats are wholesome chews that promote healthy teeth and fresher breath. They are plant based and come in a variety of fun shapes and sizes that your canine is sure to love. Large treats are recommended for dogs between 40 and 60 lbs.
- Re-sealable Velcro closure keeps treats fresher longer
- 100% vegetarian
- Wheat free, gluten free, and sugar free
- High in fiber for a healthier digestive tract
- No preservatives, artificial flavors or colors
- Removes tartar and plaque build up
- Freshens breath
- Safe for everyday use
Oratene Drinking Water Additive
Oratene Drinking Water Additive is a flavorless concentrate that is added daily to drinking water to provide the safest and healthiest way to keep teeth clean without brushing.
This additive inhibits odor-causing bacteria and reduces plaque formation by making plaque water soluble. It is unable to stick to the tooth.
- Contains no alcohol
- Removes plaque while inhibiting odor causing germs
- 100% safe for daily ingestion, cannot overdose
- Improves oral health
- pH neutral
Staying on top of your best friend’s dental health has lasting and positive results. Some studies show that healthy teeth and gums can add up to five year to your pet’s life.
Now is the perfect time to call your veterinarian and schedule a dental checkup for your furry buddies. It’s not just a February thing. Dental health should be a concern all year long.