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Doggy breath getting the best of you?  Avoiding face time with your cat?  Don’t turn your nose to Fido’s or Fluffy’s bad breath!  These odors can indicate a serious health risk; one that not only impacts oral health but also the health of your beloved pet’s internal organs.

Canine and feline dental issues are very common.  At the Laramie Animal Shelter we find the vast majority of incoming animals, be they found dogs and cats or owner surrenders, have some level of dental disease in play.  Often, owners are unaware.  To inform owners of the significance of oral health care for pets, the AVMA sponsors National Pet Dental Health Month each year in February.

Take this opportunity to investigate that doggy breath.  Does your dog have red gums?  Are there teeth broken or discolored?  Is there an accumulation of tartar?  If you can’t investigate on your own your veterinarian will be more than happy to help you.  They can also advise the best course of action.  Dentistry services for pets are routine and can greatly improve the overall health of your companion animal.  Many vets even offer specials during this month in order to promote dental care for pets.

Once you’ve seen your vet and addressed any cleaning needed, you can keep Fido and Fluffy’s teeth free of tartar by providing crunchy food, regularly brushing their teeth (yes, it’s done), and supplying them with some of the specially designed chews that are readily available.  Treats like Greenies and Nylabones can help Fido and Fluffy scrub away daily accumulations of tartar.  This will help them avoid inflammation and will help you extend the time between dental cleanings.

Take a look at those smelly chompers today and see if it might be time to address any issues before they get out of hand.  You will be able to get a little closer to your furry companion and they will be healthier for having those issues addressed in a timely fashion.  It’s a win-win.