The Importance of Caring for your Pet’s teeth
Did you know that this month, February, is National Pet Dental Month? Most people don’t know this, but here at Hillrose Pet Resort, we believe it is important to highlight some of these “lesser known” occasions, especially when they are so vital to your pet’s health.
Many pet owners do not realize how very important good dental hygiene is to our pets. Just like regular dental check-ups are important to our health as humans, the same is true for our pets. Most likely, when you take your pet in for their regular vet check-up, your vet will check their teeth. However, the daily habit of dental care is what will provide the greatest health benefit to your pets. If you are in the habit of regularly taking care of your pet’s teeth we applaud you. If you are not in the habit, then we’d like to encourage you to start. It’s never too late to start a good habit. Talk to your vet about the appropriate tools you will need; most veterinarians will sell toothbrushes and toothpaste, and they are also available at pet stores. It’s fine to use a “human” tooth brush but it is very important to use a toothpaste that is made for pets. The toothpaste we use is designed to be spit out while our pets’ is not.
SIGNS OF DENTAL DISEASE
According to an article by the Veterinary Teaching Hospital at Colorado State University, dental disease is the most common major health problem in dogs and cats and signs of the disease can start to appear at the age of three. Here are some signs to watch for that may indicate your pet is experiencing dental disease.
- Bad Breath
- Lethargy, inactivity, depression
- Poor grooming
- Red, swollen gums that may bleed
- Decrease or loss of appetite & weight loss
- Swelling of the face
- Discharge from nose or eyes
- Pawing at the face
- Teeth loose or falling out
If you notice any of these symptoms in your pet, consult your veterinarian right away and carefully follow their recommendations.
Dental disease in our pets is 100% preventable with regular hygiene and proper oral care from your vet. Starting now will likely slow or prevent more serious complications down the road.
Here at Hillrose Pet Resort, we strive to set a good example with our own pets and we encourage our clients in this area as much as we can. Also, if your pets board with us here at Hillrose, we are always happy to accommodate any request for oral hygiene; we feel it is that important.
We hope you have found this article to be helpful.
Here’s to your pet’s good dental health.