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February is National Pet Dental Health Month

By February 3, 2013

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Smiling Dog With White Teeth

February is here, and that means it's National Pet Dental Health Month. It can be easy to overlook your dog's oral health on a day-to-day basis. This campaign is a great reminder to take care of your dog's teeth now and all year round.

Oral hygiene is an essential part of caring for your dog. Many people think "doggie breath" is inevitable. In reality, halitosis is a sign of an oral problem. Plaque and tartar buildup can lead to serious oral problems such as periodontal disease. Dental problems cause oral pain and can lead to infections and tooth loss. Dental disease can also cause loss of appetite, weight loss, and systemic diseases. Prevention is the cornerstone of canine dental health. Many dogs will need a professional cleaning every year or two, but daily home care can allow for less frequent professional cleanings. February is a great time to visit your vet for an oral exam and cleaning in honor of National Pet Dental Health Month. However, regardless of the month, remember to keep those pearly whites sparkling and that breath fresh.

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February 9, 2013 at 6:41 pm
(1) Christa says:

Yes, Dental Hygiene is very important for dogs. My Yorkie, even though we brushed his teeth and brought him for regular Vet cleanings; lost teeth due to his breed. But all breeds have to be cared for with their teeth as well as their whole hygiene to keep them healthy for their lives. Christa

February 17, 2013 at 7:24 am
(2) Willow says:

Yes, PLEASE listen to this advice!! Our 7 year old Bedlington just this week had to have 6 teeth removed! And the vet said 3 had already fallen out at some time!! He never had bad breath until about a year ago and that’s when we knew something must be wrong. Now we know to be MORE diligent in oral care for our dog!!!

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