Something to Chew On …

Often preventable but overlooked tooth and gum problems can spell trouble for even the best-cared-for cats and dogs. That’s why the American Veterinary Medical Association has adopted February as its National Pet Dental Health Month.

“Good pet owners are concerned about their pets’ health and are careful to keep their vaccinations up to date, but may forget about the importance of oral health. Great owners know that this is a big mistake, as periodontal disease is the most common health problem that veterinarians find in pets,” explains Dr. Douglas Aspros, president of the AVMA. Some of the signs your pet might have a problem? Bad breath; frequent pawing or rubbing at the face and/or mouth; a reluctance to eat hard food; red, swollen gums, and brownish teeth are the most common. The AVMA advises taking your pet to the vet if you see any of these.

To help pet owners prevent periodontal disease, the AVMA offers a video providing step-by-step instructions on how to brush your pet’s teeth and a video on periodontal disease. The AVMA website also has a webpage on pet dental health that offers links to an informative podcast and other information resources on pet dental health.

 

This entry was posted on Friday, February 1st, 2013 at 4:52 pm and is filed under News.

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