You guessed it, February is National Pet Dental Health Month!
Our pet’s dental care is an essential component of their health and wellness routine. Neglecting proper dental care can cause health issues that will negatively impact the life span of your pet. Gingivitis, bad breath, heart disease, lung disease, and kidney disease are some of the main concerns that stem from a lack of oral hygiene. Periodontal disease is another huge problem as well, with certain dog breeds being more prone to suffering from it than others.
Did you know that 8/10 pets have dental disease by the time they are just 3 years old? To us, this clearly demonstrates that PetParents as a whole need to step up our tooth brushing game. Truthfully, the alternative is expensive! The average dental cleaning is a $200 procedure, and if your pup requires any teeth to be pulled, the average cost is around $50 per tooth. Your pup has to be anesthetized for the procedure and will be in pain afterwards, both negatives which can be avoided with the implementation a good tooth brushing routine.
First and foremost, it is necessary to brush your dog’s teeth. Giving your pets a few dental chews and bones alone, or feeding them kibble, is not enough to prevent the build-up of tartar and plaque, the causes of oral health issues. There are several types of pet toothbrushes, do a little reading to determine which might be best for your pet. Pet-safe toothpastes and teeth cleaning products must be used, toothpaste for people contains toxic ingredients for pets! Both Arm & Hammer as well as Burt’s Bees carry a full line of dental care products designed for your pet.
Once a regular tooth brushing routine is a part of your life, it’s important to add in other techniques as supplementation. All natural pet chews can help keep your pets teeth clean; it’s important to choose a type of pet chew that is appropriately sized for your pet and geared towards their chewing abilities. You can also purchase commercial dental cleaning chews/products like the Indigo Fresh Products or Milk Bone Brushing Chews that can be fed to pups as a treat that’s doing double duty. There are now even toys you can buy such as this ball that cleans your pet’s teeth as they play.