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.
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.
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.
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
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.