There is more to oral health than just a pretty smile in your pet. Dental examinations and regular teeth brushing can improve a pet’s health while preventing oral diseases.
Maui’s Pet Dental Health Month goes from February 1st to the 28th. Sponsored by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), National Pet Dental Health Month message reminds pet owners that brushing your pet’s teeth and preventative oral examinations are good for both your pet’s health and your budget.
Why is National Pet Dental Health Month Celebrated in Maui?
Periodontal disease is the number one diagnosed health problem found in pets across the nation. AVMA estimates that by the age of two, 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats have signals of periodontal disease.
Bad breath in dogs and cats isn’t something to be ignored, it can be a sign of dental problems and might also signify other serious health risks. Oral disease can potentially damage not only a pet’s teeth and gums, but its internal organs as well. Thus, pet’s teeth and gums should be checked regularly by your veterinarian for early signs of a problem and to keep your pet’s mouth healthy.
What Can Pet Owners Do to Provide Dental Care for their Pets?
There are a couple of things that Dr. Danielle Dewey recommends pet owners to do in order to help their furry friends to stay healthy.
- Brushing your pet’s teeth is the single most effective way to maintain dental health between professional dental cleanings.
- Routine dental cleanings not only can help prevent periodontal disease and save money in the long run but also allow for a complete oral examination that can detect hidden health problems.
- Having a custom nutrition plan specifically designed for your pet. Whether your pet is completely healthy or has one or more medical problems, it is recommendable to keep a prescription diet to our furry friends. No pet is the same and having a proper diet for your pet is advisable.
Dental Disease Symptoms and Signs
There are a number of signs that dental disease has already started. If you notice any of the symptoms below, take your pet to your veterinarian immediately:
• Red swollen gums
• Bad breath (similar to the smell of a rotten egg)
• Teeth that are broken, loose, discolored or covered in tartar
• Abnormal chewing, drooling or dropping food from the mouth
• Bleeding from the mouth
• Shying away from you when you touch the mouth area
• Frequent pawing or rubbing at the face and/or mouth
• Reduced appetite or refusal to eat
• Weight loss
Offers and Discounts on Pet Dental Month
Dental Cleanings – 15% OFF
Dental Extractions – 15% OFF
Full Mouth X-Rays – 50% OFF
For more information about Pet Dental Care, please contact At Home Animal Hospital at 808-873-0102.