National Pet Dental Health Month

06Feb10

Since this month is National Pet Dental Health Month I thought  I would share with you some information the American Veterinary Medical Association has on regular dental care for your dog. From the AVMA’s dental health website they site three easy steps to taking care of your pet’s dental health.

STEP 1: Take your pet to the veterinarian for a dental exam. Don’t wait for his annual checkup if you suspect a problem.

STEP 2: Begin a dental care regimen at home. Your veterinarian can suggest steps that may include brushing your pet’s teeth. One of the most convenient and effective ways to combat oral disease is feeding specially formulated foods proven effective in combating plaque and tartar buildup. The Seal of Acceptance from the Veterinary Oral Health Council, an organization initiated by the American Veterinary Dental Society to guide consumers, appears on products that meet defined standards for plaque and tartar control in dogs and cats. For further information on the VOHC or their product standards, visit www.vohc.org.

STEP 3: Schedule regular veterinary checkups. These are essential in helping your veterinarian monitor the progress of your pet’s dental health routine. Your veterinary health care team can help you schedule the appropriate visits.”

Here is a video from the AVMA about how to properly brush your pet’s teeth:

So where do you buy the supplies to start brushing your dog’s teeth regularly?

You can purchase them at your local pet store or online at places like PetEdge. The main thing to focus on is getting an enzymatic tooth paste, this works with the natural enzymes in your pet’s mouth to better clean their teeth. Also make sure that you get a soft toothbrush or finger brush specially designed for your pet’s teeth (animals’ gums are much more sensitive than humans so this is essential).

Hopefully we can all take these simple steps to help our pets live healthier happier lives. Post links of your pet’s stunning smile in the comments section so we can raise awareness on this serious, and overlooked, health care issue.

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