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February is National Pet Dental Month!

Sunday, February 09, 2014

Does your pet have bad breath? This and many more symptoms could be signs of oral health problems.

Below is a list of symptoms that most pets will have if they have a troublesome and even painful mouth that you might not be aware of.
  • Decreased interest in eating (Too painful)
  • Excessive want to eat (hungry because they are not able to eat)
  • Pawing at face (irritated gums and teeth, pain)
  • Rubbing their face on furniture or the carpet
  • Drooling (mobile or painful teeth)
  • Un-characteristic snapping at you when you pet its face (Painful)
  • Bleeding gums (Periodontal disease-bleeding, mobile teeth)

To address the significance of oral health care for pets the AVMA and several veterinary groups are sponsoring National Pet Dental Health Month in February.

Watch this AVMA You Tube Video to learn how to brush your pet’s teeth.
Many dogs and cats over 3 years of age have some form of periodontal or dental disease. One way to prevent it from happening is by brushing your dog or cats teeth.(American Veterinary Medical Association) has a great step-by-step instructional video on how to teach a dog or cat to accept a daily tooth brushing. 

So what exactly is Periodontal Disease? Well, we’ve found another great You Tube Video by the AVMA that explains Dental Disease in detail with lots of picture’s and charts.

If you aren’t sure if you’re pet has dental disease you’ll want to watch this!

Dr. Jan Bellows, president of the American Veterinary Dental College and owner of All Pets Dental in Weston, Fla., discussed the importance of dental health for our pets in an interview for our Animal Tracks podcast series.

POD CAST: nage/mediaimg/s544-dental.mp3

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