February is National Pet Dental Health Month

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Many pet owners are still unaware of just how important it is to keep your pet’s teeth clean. Just as with human beings, bacteria and disease can enter your dog’s system through his mouth so it is vital to follow a daily routine of teeth brushing for your canine.

Not only do your pet’s teeth require brushing, but there are certain crunchy treats, bones, and rawhides that help remove tarter from the teeth. All of these things will help keep your pet healthy and happy.

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) wants to make people aware of just how important dental health is. So February has been set aside as National Pet Dental Health Month. Periodontal disease just happens to be the most common clinical condition in dogs although it is entirely avoidable. Your pet’s bad breath just may be a sign of a serious health risk that may not only damage the teeth and gums but travel to the dog’s internal organs as well. If the breath becomes obnoxious then this could mean that periodontal disease is already in the works.

Many pet owners claim that it is much too difficult to get their dog to accept having its teeth brushed. There are steps that you can take to avoid those issues though. If you follow the steps, then you may just save money in the long run by avoiding future oral or internal catastrophes.

It appears to be a relatively easy concept to take your pet in for veterinary checkups and vaccinations, but for some reason it just never calculates that a pet’s teeth are important for the health and well-being of that pet, too. If your pet ends up with a dental infection and it goes untreated, the pet’s heart, kidneys and other vital organs could be affected, too, thus presenting as a very serious issue indeed.

Proactive treatment is a whole lot less than reactive treatment, thus it would truly behoove you to seek dental treatment before it is necessary. It is also important to seek the treatment before the pet is in its twilight years because it can be very dangerous to put a dog under anesthesia for long periods of time; quite often resulting in death.

So why then do only about one percent of pet owners, even good pet owners, brush their dog’s teeth? Isn’t it time to check with your dog’s veterinarian and have your dog’s teeth checked out? Go to VOHC.org in order to get a list of approved oral hygiene products from the Veterinary Oral Health Council then start a routine that could give your dog extra life and much less pain.

Melissa Stoneburner began writing about dogs two years ago. She is still an author on Examiner.com, Helium and Hubpages and works with Animal Rescue Foundation, Illinois as the Community Outreach Program Manager. Find Melissa on Facebook and Twitter.

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