February is National Pet Dental Health Month sponsored by the American Veterinary Medical Association.
1. 80% of humans brush their teeth at least twice a day, but very few pet owners brush their pets teeth.
2. Signs of gum disease includes yellow & brown build up of tarter around the gum line, inflammation & bad breath
3. One of the most common dental problems is broken or chipped teeth, some of which is caused by aggressively chewing on hard objects. Older & senior dogs are more prone to have this problem.
4. More then 80% of dogs & 70% of cats show signs of oral disease by age 3, now that's a big deal in dog & cat years!!
Here are some tips to keep your dogs pearly whites and gleaming for those family portraits.
1. Inspect their teeth on a regular basis. If your dog breath is unbearable and their is discoloration or tarter present these could be signs of serious health issues. Seek the advice of a vet ASAP.
2. When your dog goes in for his yearly checkup make sure you schedule a complete dental checkup as well.
3. Brush your dogs teeth at least 2-3 times a week. Maintaining a daily teeth brushing regime is the key to good health and prevention. Although it is best to develop & nurture a dental routine at a younger pup age, but don't worry its never to late to get your older dog accustomed to regular brushing.
4. Chew toys and hard treats are a good start, but it should not be a substitute for brushing your dogs teeth.
HEART DISEASE IN PETS
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The heart, blood and blood vessels make up the system that supplies the body's tissues and organs with oxygen and nutrients.
Oxygen-depleted blood comes from all parts of the body to the chambers on the right side of the heart. The blood is then pumped through the lungs, where oxygen is added to it.