Do you love to cuddle and kiss your pet but can’t stand its smelly breath? Every cat or dog owner has been there before. But, your pet’s breath might be more than just a stinky nuisance. Bad breath, clinically known as halitosis could be a sign of a significant health problem affecting your pet’s teeth, gums, kidneys, liver or heart.
Periodontal disease is the most commonly diagnosed clinical condition in cats and dogs. By the age of three, most pets show signs of periodontal disease, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. That’ll only worsen as your cat or dog ages, which means early intervention is a critical part of ensuring your pet’s dental health.
Fortunately for you and your fur ball, oral diseases are preventable with daily maintenance, frequent brushing and annual trips to your trusted vet. Since February is “Pet Dental Health Month,” it’s the perfect time for you to take control of your pet’s dental health on the path to a long, happy and healthy life!
Oral health is an essential part of your pet’s overall health and well-being. Failure to properly address dental health could lead to more serious issues as the toxins from periodontal disease are absorbed in the bloodstream. But, tartar and plaque buildup isn’t necessarily a cause for alarm – at least not yet. There are a few steps that you can take to support your pet’s oral health and help prevent further issues.