The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) designates February as National Pet Dental Health Month. Dental disease in dogs and cats is extremely common. And it occurs with increasing incidence as pets age. According to an article from UC Davis, one of the top veterinary schools in the U.S., “more than 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats develop gum disease by the age of three years.” Untreated dental issues can lead to bad breath, painful inflamed gums, bleeding, and eventual loss of teeth. Additionally, bacteria and toxins can enter the bloodstream, potentially damaging internal organs.
You can prevent much suffering and help your pet to stay healthy by learning to brush your dog’s or cat’s teeth regularly. It takes just one to two minutes a day, and the benefits are huge. Regular tooth-brushing sessions also provide an opportunity for you to spot any unusual lumps or lesions that might normally go unnoticed.
Here’s an excellent video from AZ Veterinary Dental Specialists to show you how to brush your pet’s teeth!