Ensuring Your Pet’s Health, One Brush at a Time
February is Pet Dental Health Month
Most of us just automatically include brushing our teeth as a daily morning ritual, but what about our dogs?
Unfortunately, very few dog owners have ever thought of brushing Fido’s teeth, and the lack of dental care can greatly affect their health.
“Most pet owners have no idea that dental health is so crucial to their dogs, and that’s why Pet Dental Health Month is so important,” explains dog expert Bonnie Lemperis, owner of Chicago’s Central Bark Doggy Day Care.
“Veterinarians have reported that periodontal disease is the most commonly diagnosed problem in both dogs and cats, and can lead to painful infections of the mouth.”
“In severe cases these infections can spread and become life-threatening conditions like strokes, kidney disease, and heart failure.”
During Pet Dental Health Month, Ms Lemperis is emphasizing the importance of regularly brushing our pet’s teeth and to schedule visits to see their veterinarian for regular checkups.
“Every February, we teach our dog owners that proper dental hygiene is equally as important for their pets.”
Adds Bonnie “Most of our clients are happy to find that by taking just a few steps, they can greatly improve their best friend’s health.”
Daily teeth brushing– It might seem a bit strange at first, but it is a sure way to keep bacteria and tarter from growing on your dogs teeth.
Remember to use toothpaste made specifically for dogs.
They come in a variety of flavors, making it a pleasant experience for your dog.
Chew bones and Dental Chews- There are a variety of products on the market that are good for your dog’s teeth and gums.
Your dog is getting a tasty reward for being such a good dog, and helping to scrape unwanted debris from his teeth while he chews.
Quality Food- Not all dog foods are the same!
Better quality food is going to be much better all around for your dog, and PLEASE don’t give him table scraps.
Human food can really pack on the plaque and be a huge detriment to your dog’s teeth and gums.
Yearly professional teeth cleaning– This is critical to your dogs health.
Many vets will offer a discount at certain times of the year.
For additional information on keeping your dog happy and healthy, contact your local veterinarian or Central Bark Doggy Day Care in Chicago, at: 773-736-3641
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