Let's Celebrate National Pet Dental Month!
National Pet Dental Month has arrived. We like to celebrate by spreading awareness about the importance of dental care for cats and dogs. Although many pet parents aren’t aware, dogs and cats need dental care, just like us. In fact, it’s estimated that 70% of all cats and 80% of all dogs develop periodontal disease by age 3. Periodontal disease is not only detrimental to oral health, causing oral discomfort and pain, but it also causes organ damage, leads to systemic illnesses, and can shorten a pet’s lifespan.
Thankfully, your pet’s health can be safeguarded because periodontal disease in pets can be easily prevented with regular dental care.
Top 5 Ways to Keep Your Pet's Teeth Healthy
1. Professional Pet Dental Appointments
Just like you visit the dentist regularly for a cleaning and checkup, pets should have professional dental care, too. With scaling and polishing to remove plaque and tartar buildup, these exams are similar to human dental appointments, but they do occur with pets fully sedated for their safety and comfort.
2. Teeth Brushing
The best way to maintain your pet’s oral health between professional cleanings is by brushing their teeth regularly. Look for a toothbrush or finger brush (kind of like a soft thimble with scrubbers) that’s designed for your species and size of pet. Then be sure to use toothpaste that’s formulated and flavored to be safe and effective for use on cats and dogs.
3. Dental Wipes
If your cat or dog simply won’t tolerate brushing, you can try dental wipes. They aren’t quite as effective as brushing, but they will help remove some of the plaque and food particles from your pet’s teeth.
4. Dental-Friendly Treats and Kibble
There are lots of dental-friendly treats and foods available that can help promote good oral health in your pets at meal and treat time. Look for the Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC) seal of approval and be sure to choose treats and kibble varieties that are the right size for your pet.
5. Dental-Friendly Chew Toys
Satisfy your pet’s urge to chew with toys designed to break up plaque and tartar and promote dental health. Be sure to choose toys that are the right size for your pet.
Save On Your Pet's Pet Dentistry Appointment During Pet Dental Health Month
During Pet Dental Health Month, we’re offering $100 off of pet dental appointments. Appointments are filling up fast, so be sure to book your pet’s next dental cleaning and exam at Pacific Animal Hospital of Redondo Beach as soon as you can.