February is National Pet Dental Health Month

dental health month for pets

Disclosure: ABC were given some dental treats from Chewy.com in return for this post.

Facts: 

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association(AVMA), an organization dedicated to advancing the science and art of veterinary medicine, 80% of dogs and 70% of cats show signs of oral disease by the age of three.

Dental disease can be deadly. Bacteria in an animal’s mouth can get into a pet’s bloodstream and infuse different organs, causing infections that can potentially cause death. The AVMA reports the organs most often affected by oral diseases are the lungs, heart, kidneys and liver, and even the nervous system.

Four simple steps to dental care:

  1. Brush your pet’s teeth on a regular basis. It’s best to start this when they are young so they grow accustomed to it.
  2. Purchase dental toys, treats, and food.
  3. Take your pet to the veterinarian for a regular examination (at least one a year).
  4. Schedule a dental cleaning when necessary.

Signs of dental disease:

  1. Bad breath
  2. Loose or discolored teeth or teeth covered in tartar
  3. Your pet is not comfortable with you touching within the mouth area
  4. Drooling or dropping food from the mouth
  5. Bleeding from the mouth
  6. Loss of appetite or loss of weight

Test yourself: 

How much do you know about your pet’s dental health? Take a quiz to find out

Treats for teeth:

Artie, Buddy, and Coby love to chew on treats! Lucky for me, some treats are tasty and healthy. The dental bones below are a couple of ABC’s favorites. They assist with cleaning teeth and freshening breath. You can find these treats at your local pet store, but why leave home when Chewy.com has these two brands and so much more?

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