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February is National Pet Dental Health Month
8 February 2017
This is a great opportunity for us to remind you why it is so important to look after your pet’s teeth!
Our pet cats and dogs rely on us to make sure that their teeth and oral health are in good order. They are not able to brush their teeth twice daily and take themselves off to the dentist every 6 months as we do, so we must take care of their teeth for them!
Poor dental hygiene can be a source of chronic (long term) pain and discomfort for many pets. Most owners are unaware of this discomfort because most animals will not cry out in the presence of such pain – they just tolerate it.
Worryingly, if there is infection present in the mouth it can allow bacteria into the body via the bloodstream and cause infections elsewhere. Kidney, heart, lung and liver infections can all be caused by poor oral health.
Tooth brushing is the best way of keeping the teeth clean. It is best to start this routine at an early age as it is more likely to be tolerated. It is very important to use a pet toothpaste. Human toothpaste is bad for animals and in addition most animals really enjoy the flavours of pet tooth paste - usually yummy malt, fish or poultry!!
Regular check-ups with your veterinary surgeon are essential for your pet's oral health. Your pet's mouth will be examined as part of any routine examination and health check.
For further information see our information sheets on: