February is Pet Dental Health Month!
Dental health starts at a very young age and at this age you probably have not even considered dental care (or perhaps just fleetingly when you glimpsed at the gnawed sofa). It is just as important for our pets as humans to develop good oral hygiene. Brushing your pets’ teeth is the gold standard to help safeguard your pup (or kitten) from severe dental disease down the road.
Here are some other helpful hints in addition to brushing that can maintain good oral health.
- Choosing a dental diet such as t/d is a good choice for oral health. The crunching of the food helps to scrape any food or bacteria on the surface of the teeth, minimizing the opportunities for plaque to develop. Wet or canned food is most likely to get trapped in crevices, but you don’t have to feed only kibble if your little one prefers a little canned food. Whether your pet has its full set of adult teeth or they are still working on it, it is never too early to get serious about daily dental health. It is hard to imagine that one day your tiny little puppy’s (or kitten’s) shiny, new teeth may soon be dotted with brown tartar, but without regular brushing or mechanically brushing, tartar affects most adult dogs.
- At Greenbriar Pet Hospital and Luxury Resort our Veterinarians recommend the C.E.T. Brand chews and treats that are mechanically abrasive with enzymatic toothpaste in them, which allows your pet to enjoy a daily treat and it does the “dirty” work for you. Speak with your Veterinarian to find out which would best suit you and your pet.
- Regardless of how diligent you are at brushing your pet’s teeth, they eventually need to have a scheduled dental cleaning. Your veterinarian or veterinary technician can help guide you as to when this procedure is necessary. It does require anesthesia. Anesthesia is a minimal risk and we have several precautions we take (IV catheter, preanesthetic blood work, individualized anesthetic protocols, etc…) to ensure safety during anesthesia. Severe dental disease also increases anesthesia time so bringing your pet to have a dental cleaning before the teeth are too bad also decreases risk.
Tartar is more than just a cosmetic issue, bad breath and yellowing of the teeth could be a sign of serious disease, which may affect their kidneys, liver, and heart. Oral disease is the most frequent diagnosed health issue for pets, and 80% of dogs, and 70% of cats by the age of 3. Just like in humans, plaque and bacteria develop in your pets mouth, if it is not brushed or mechanically scrapped away (food or treats), the plaque can turn into tartar with in 36 hours. This bacteria can also cause rotting of the teeth and sinus infections causing your pet to stop eating.
During the month of February and it being National Pet dental Health month Greenbriar is giving 15% off of all dental procedures so call to make your appointment ASAP!