We’re all aware of the importance of maintaining a healthy set of pearly whites, but how often do we consider the importance of our pet’s dental hygiene? This February is Pet Dental Health Month, and we want to ‘chew’ the fat on animal oral health.

According to the Oral Health Foundation, over 80% of dogs, and over 70% of cats suffer with some type of gum disease by the time they are three years old.  While gum disease appears fairly common, it can cause chronic pain, gum erosion and even loss of bone and teeth, and can even take years of our pets life. Which is why it is so important to take preventative measures to protect our loved ones teeth.

By following some of the simple steps below, you can help your pet gain better oral health.

  1. Brushing your pets teeth with pet friendly toothpaste and a soft toothbrush will help keep dental disease at bay. BUT BEWARE: Fluoride can be harmful to pets when ingested.
  2. Dental chews can be great at reducing plaque and tartar build up, and don’t have to be pricy!
  3. Be careful before giving your pet hard toys, raw bones, or anything they may find difficult to chew. This can increase the chances of your pet suffering painful tooth fractures and breaks.
  4. Your vet is the best person to inform and advice on your pets health. Regular check-ups at the vets is the best prevention!

For more information on how to look after your pet’s teeth and gums, speak to your vet, or visit; Pet Health Advice | Pet Information & Advice | Vets4Pets .