February is considered “Pet Dental Health” month so it’s time to lavish some attention on your your-fur-kid’s chompers. Keeping your fur-kid’s teeth clean is just important as keeping YOUR teeth clean.
Here are five steps to help your pet’s teeth and gums remain healthy:
Pay attention to bad breath. If your pet’s breath is stinky it’s a sign of periodontal disease. Also watch for loose teeth, bleeding gums, yellow or brown teeth and pawing at the mouth.
- Brush those teeth! We know that brushing your pet’s teeth may not be easy and it may take a few weeks to train your fur-kid to warm up to a toothbrush, but it’s worth the effort and you should try to work up to brushing every other day & Make sure you use PET-FRIENDLY toothpaste and not people-toothpaste!
- Have your vet take a look at your pet’s pearly whites and gums at their annual examination or vaccination visit.
- Give your fur-baby toys and food that are designed to help keep their teeth cleaned. Check for the http://www.vohc.org/accepted_products.htm Seal of Acceptance from the Veterinary Oral Health Council to make sure that whatever alternative you choose meets the standards for effective plaque and tartar control.
Working long hours or traveling and need a pet sitter or dog walker? Let Courtney’s Pet Care Professionals meet your pet sitting and dog walking needs this winter. Our trained paw-fessionals know exactly what to do to keep your fur-kid’s safe and warm all year round. Call us today!