Pet Dental Health: Everything You Need To Know 

As February approaches, pet parents often find themselves planning for Valentine’s Day festivities. However, amidst the romantic buzz, there’s another important occasion to keep in mind – Pet Dental Month! Your furry friend’s dental health is an aspect of their well-being that can sometimes be overlooked. Just like us, our pets require regular dental care to maintain optimal health and happiness. In this blog, you will learn everything you need to know about pet dental health! 


Why Pet Dental Health Matters 

According to VCA Animal Hospitals, dental disease is one of the most common health issues affecting pets. By the age of three, most dogs and cats show signs of dental disease. This can lead to a range of problems, including: 

  • Pain and Discomfort: Dental issues can cause significant pain and discomfort for our pets, affecting their ability to eat, play, and enjoy life to the fullest. 
  • Gum Disease: Just like in humans, untreated dental disease can lead to periodontal disease in pets. This can result in swollen, bleeding gums, bad breath, tooth loss, etc. 
  • Systemic Health Problems: The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) states that dental disease doesn’t just affect the mouth – it can also have serious implications for your pet’s overall health. Bacteria from the mouth can enter the bloodstream and contribute to issues such as heart disease, kidney disease, and respiratory problems. 


The Importance of Regular Pet Dental Care 

So, what can pet parents do to ensure their furry friends maintain good dental health? Here are some key steps: 

  • Plaque Control Gel: At PawHootz we offer a plaque control gel (found at our front desk) that helps with plaque and tartar buildup; and is a great way to clean your pet’s mouth up without brushing! It uses all natural ingredients as well! 
  • Dental Chews and Toys: Chewing on dental treats or toys can help reduce plaque and tartar buildup while providing mental stimulation for your pet.  
  • Professional Dental Cleanings: In addition to at-home care and regular fresh breath treatments with your groomer, annual professional cleanings are essential for maintaining your pet’s dental health. Your vet can assess your pet’s teeth and gums, perform a thorough cleaning, and address any issues before they escalate. 
  • Watch for Signs of Dental Disease: Keep an eye out for symptoms of dental problems, including bad breath, swollen gums, difficulty chewing, pawing at the mouth, and loose or missing teeth. If you notice any of these signs, schedule a veterinary appointment promptly. 


Celebrating Pet Dental Month 

Pet Dental Month is the perfect time to prioritize your furry friend’s dental health. Here are some ways you can participate and spread awareness: 

  • Schedule a Dental Checkup with your Vet: If your pet is due for a dental exam or cleaning, schedule an appointment with your veterinarian. Regular checkups are key to catching and addressing dental issues early. 
  • Schedule Fresh Breath Treatment at PawHootz: Book a Fresh Breath Treatment grooming appointment with us, prices ranging from $12-$22, regular treatments can help prevent dental issues early on and freshen up your pet’s breath!  
  • Educate Yourself and Others: Take the opportunity to learn more about pet dental health and share that knowledge with fellow pet owners. Don’t be scared to share this blog and other information with others!  
  • Promote Dental-Friendly Products: Recommend dental chews, toys, toothbrushes, and toothpaste to friends and family with pets. Sharing recommendations can help others make informed choices about their pet’s dental care. Here at PawHootz Pet Resort, we are offering 10% off all dental hygiene retail for the month of February 2024!  


Wrapping Up 

As responsible pet parents, it’s our duty to prioritize our furry friend’s dental health year-round. By implementing a regular dental care routine, staying vigilant for signs of dental disease, and seeking professional veterinary care when needed, we can help our pets maintain healthy smiles for years to come. So let’s celebrate Pet Dental Month by giving our pets the gift of good oral health – after all, a healthy smile is a happy smile! 


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