February is Dental Health month at the Main West Animal Hospital. Our team of veterinarians are focusing on creating awareness of the many conditions that can negatively affect your dog and cat’s oral health.
Most pet owners don’t realize that oral health care is as important in dogs and cats as it is in humans. We take for granted brushing and flossing our own teeth twice a day but for some reason we don’t realize that the same type of dental care is needed for our pets.
Dental disease occurs as one of the most common problems among our pet population with an estimated 85-90% of pets over 2 years old affected. We have all heard of the terms plaque, tartar, gingivitis and periodontal disease from our human dentists. These terms apply equally well for our pet’s teeth as well.
We encourage you to take our first challenge… open up your cat or dog’s mouth and have a smell. If your first reaction is not a pleasant one you’ve experienced one of the first signs of dental problems- halitosis (bad breath).
Our recommendation is to give us a call, send us an email or even send us some pictures of your pets teeth if you want. Let’s get the conversation started on how we can help you get your pets mouth healthy again. We can let you know about some of our dental month specials when you contact us.