August is Pet Dental Health Month: Say Cheese!!
August month is celebrated as the Pet Dental Month. It was first initiated by the Australian Veterinary Dental Society (AVDS) as a yearly celebration of bright healthy smiles. Dental care is often overlooked by many pet parents because it is considered to be not so important. However, what many pet parents don’t realise is that due to bad dental health, their pooch can contract many dangerous health conditions from kidney failure to poor intestinal health.
Hence, the observance of Pet Dental Health Month gives vets and pet parents a chance to discuss and spread awareness about dental health and its gravity. This year’s theme is “Healthy Set, Happy Pet.”
Happy pet we know, but what is Healthy Set? And how you can take care of your beloved pet’s dental health? These are some questions that need to be answered.
So, read on to achieve a healthy pet with a happy smile.
A Healthy Set
Healthy set is achieved by regular health check-ups. Regular annual health examinations indicate any possible dental health threat so that you can take required actions. Speak to your vet and ask everything about how to maintain oral and dental well- being.
There are many vets that even give awesome discounts this month on dental inspections and treatments. Watch out VetSupply‘s site as well, to avail healthy discounts on dental care products during Pet Dental Health Month.
How You Can Take Care of Your Beloved Pet’s Dental Health?
Watch Out For Symptoms
Many animals, since they can’t speak, won’t be able to tell you straight forward that there is an issue. Plus, they have a tendency to not show their pain.
So, you have to keep a close eye on your pet’s behaviour for the signs of toothache. Some common signs include:
- Bad breath
- Pawing at the mouth
- Mouth hanging open / tongue out
- Chewing from one side of the mouth
- Red swollen / bleeding gum
- Loss of appetite or inability to eat
- Dropping food while chewing
- Plaque build-up and stained teeth
You need to immediately contact your vet if you come across any of the above symptoms. Annual dental health checks are an excellent opportunity for you to figure out any dental issues in your pet.
Periodontal diseases are very common, and many surveys it has been found out that most of the vets encounter cases that related to dental health very often. If left untreated, these conditions can lead to:
- Kidney failure
- Heart health issues
- Weak Liver
However, early stages of periodontal diseases can be treated easily, if treated timely and correctly.
To maintain your pet’s dental health, the major thing is that you need to strictly take care of your pet’s dental hygiene.
- Brush regularly
- Using good dental products like Dentipet toothpaste for dogs and cats, Oravet Dental Chew for dogs, Prozym Dental Toothpaste for dogs and cats, Prozym Dental Sticks for dogs and Mavlab dental Spray Gel
- Selecting food that supports dental health
- Select a toothbrush that is soft enough to not harm your pet’s gums, but hard enough to clean the teeth
Pet dental health month is not only celebrated for dogs or cats. Even Horses and rabbits get affected by these issues. So, if you are a horse or rabbit parent, you need to also get your mate checked this dental health month.
Even the smallest of health conditions can have larger consequences if treated carelessly