What is Pet Dental Month?

Every February, the veterinary community celebrates National Pet Dental Health Month by encouraging pet owners to take care of their pets’ teeth.

How Often Should My Pet’s Teeth Get Checked?

Your pet’s teeth should be checked at least once a year by a veterinarian so they can detect early signs of any problems and so they can keep your pet’s mouth healthy.

What Are Symptoms of Dental Problems?

Symptoms of dental problems in pets include:

  • Bad breath
  • Loose or broken teeth
  • Discolored teeth or teeth covered in tartar
  • Unusual chewing or drooling
  • Dropping food from the mouth
  • Change in appetite or refusal to eat
  • Pain in/around the mouth
  • Mouth bleeding
  • Face swelling

What is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease is the most common dental issue faced by pets. When pets are around three years old, they often have early evidence of periodontal disease, which gets worse if you don’t take care of their teeth—this is why early detection is critical. Periodontal disease also doesn’t just affect your pets’ mouth—other problems associated with it include kidney, liver and heart muscle problems.

How is Periodontal Disease Treated?

Treatment for this disease includes a very thorough dental cleaning. X-rays may also be necessary to determine the severity, and from there our vets will make a recommendation based on your pet’s health and their teeth.

How Can I Improve My Pet’s Oral Health?

To prevent dental disease from affecting your best friend, you must brush their teeth regularly. Daily brushing is recommended, but brushing several times a week can be effective, too. There are a variety of dental pet products out there, and our veterinarians can recommend quality brushes, toothpaste and more.

How Can I Make an Appointment for My Pet’s Teeth?

At Animal Care Hospital, we take pet dental care very seriously. Your pet’s world revolves around their mouth and having a happy mouth equals having a happy pet! If you notice any of the above symptoms, or if you’d like to make a dental appointment for your best friend, please contact us at 602-955-5757 or schedule online.

Thank you and Happy Pet Dental Month from Animal Care Hospital!