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February is National Pet Dental Health Month

by Melissa Nelson, DVM

Did you know that most cats and dogs have moderate periodontal disease before the age of four? Many will have mild to moderate disease before the age of two! Yet most pet owners are unaware of the most common disease in their pets, or are unwilling to treat it. That’s why there is a National Pet Dental Health Month. Dental disease is not just “bad breath.” It is a condition that can lead to pain, weight loss, tooth loss, and other problems.

Taking a Bite Out of Gum Disease – Pet Dental Health Facts

When you get home this evening and are greeted by your four legged bundle of joy, take a second to actually lift a lip and look inside.  You might be surprised at what you see!  Your pet’s teeth are an important clue to overall health and shouldn’t be ignored.  Dental disease can lead to pain, bad breath, and damage to internal organs.  There are many ways to improve pet dental health, and you should really talk to your veterinarian to set up a plan.