At-Home Care for Pet’s Dental Health from Head Over Tails for Pets
Head Over Tails for Pets reminds pet owners that February is Pet Dental Health Month and
offers tips for proper pet oral health care.
Fargo, ND (Vocus) February 11, 2010 -- Nearly 75% of the animals seen by veterinarians have gum disease. Not
only do the bacteria that cause gum disease contribute to bad breath in pets, they also can lead to systemic illness,
organ dysfunction and eventually death. Head Over Tails for Pets reminds pet owners that February is Pet Dental
Health Month and it is the ideal time to establish an oral health care system for pets.
“Dog/cat breath” is one indicator that your pet may have gum disease, an abscessed tooth or bone or hair stuck in
their mouth. To prevent serious health problems caused by poor oral health, pet owners can follow a few simple
Take pets to the veterinarian for a dental exam. Pets should have a thorough examination of the teeth and gums at
least once a year. If plaque and tartar buildup is evident, veterinarians may recommend a dental cleaning. If the
buildup is extensive, teeth may have to be extracted to prevent bacteria from entering the pet’s blood stream and
causing permanent damage to vital organs.
Establish a home dental care routine for pets. An at-home, daily cleaning regimen may include nutritional
supplements, dental chews or toys and brushing pets’ teeth. When introducing the process of brushing teeth to a
pet, familiarize the animal with the taste of toothpaste before using a brush. It may also be helpful to use your
finger instead of a brush the first few times there is contact with the pet’s mouth.
Choose pet food specifically for dental heath. One of the most convenient and effective ways to combat oral
disease in pets is by feeding specially formulated foods proven effective in removing plaque and tartar buildup.
For more great information regarding Pet Dental Health Month and more tips for helping your pets, check out the
February issue of The Tails T