Dental care for your pets

This month we celebrated the first Family Day in B.C.

What many of you may not know is that February is also Pet Dental Month.

Most, if not all, veterinary clinics would like to remind you that this is the month to take your beloved furry family member for a dental check-up.

Many local veterinary clinics are offering discounts this month for any dental work that your pet may need.

Some people may think that dental care is not necessary for their four-legged friends, but they would be mistaken.

Animals, just like people, need regular dental care.

Feeding your pet crunchies and brushing their teeth goes a long way to help maintain a healthy set of teeth and gums.

However, regular dental check ups at the vet, especially for pets three years and older, are also necessary.

Animals, like humans, have different predispositions for dental issues and sometimes, no matter how well we try at home, the animal will still need a proper cleaning at the vet.

Like humans, animals with dental issues suffer.

I am sure most of you are familiar with the agony of a tooth ache and your pet is no different if his or her teeth are infected.

Regular dental check-ups and cleaning will prevent them from suffering, and also from developing many other health issues associated with bad teeth.

Bad gums and teeth can lead to problems with the heart, intestinal tract, joints and kidneys.

The bacteria from the mouth can infect other organs and result in a multitude of health issues.

Many of us don’t pay attention to our pets’ teeth until we notice that their breath takes ours away.

Unfortunately, in many cases, bad breath signifies much larger problems and quite possibly costly dental work.

Regular dental check ups and maintenance will ensure that you never get to the bad breath stage.

Bad teeth and gums are painful and a major health issue.

This is the month to see your vet about a dental check up.

Your dog or cat will thank you for it, and their kisses will be much sweeter.


Magdalena Romanow is a volunteer at Katie’s Place animal shelter.

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