February Marks National Pet Dental Health Month
YARDLEY, PA (January 26, 2015) – HealthyPet Magazine, a seasonal publication dedicated to delivering relevant and educational pet wellness content to pet owners through their veterinarians, has released its top dental tips to help pet owners keep their pets’ smiles healthy in advance of National Pet Dental Health Month in February. Dental disease ranks as the most common disease in adult cats and dogs.
“By the time dogs and cats are three years of age, most have dental disease. So, it’s critical to your pet’s health to make dental care a priority,” said Dottie Normile, VMD, an Advisory Board Member of HealthyPet Magazine. “As National Pet Dental Health Month approaches we remind pet owners of the importance of regular dental care for their pets. Just like humans, cats and dogs need regular brushing and professional teeth cleaning. Our winter issue of HealthyPet highlights the best dental practices for pets and provides pet owners with tips to help keep their pet’s teeth healthy.”
HealthyPet Magazine provides pet owners with some top dental tips to help ensure their pets do not suffer from the harmful effects of dental disease:
Which toothbrush and toothpaste you select matters: Pet owners should identify the proper toothbrush for their pets, paying close attention to the size of the toothbrush. Pets should NEVER be given human toothpaste, as pet toothpaste is made to be ingested and human toothpaste will likely make your pet sick. Pet owners can ask their veterinarian for tips on how to brush or can learn more in the latest issue of HealthyPet Magazine.
What pets eat can affect their dental health: Some companies offer pet food specifically for controlling plaque and tartar in dogs and cats. These foods should have the Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC) Seal of Acceptance.
Help fight dental disease with treats: Choose treats and toys that help to control plaque and tartar. Some will include sodium hexametaphosphate (SHMP), which reduces tartar formation, or chlorhexidine gluconate, which targets bacteria and will continue to work for 24 hours.
Consider adding oral rinses and sprays to your pet’s at-home dental routine: These “point-and-spray” products can be used after meals in order to maintain your pet’s oral hygiene and health. Consult with your veterinarian to see which ones might be right for your pet.
Schedule a professional teeth cleaning for your pet: Pets should be brought in at least once a year for a professional teeth cleaning. February is National Pet Dental Health Month and many veterinary practices might offer discounts for a teeth cleaning during this time. To find a vet near you, please visit: http://www.vetstreet.com/find-a-veterinarian-animal-hospital/
HealthyPet Magazine is committed to reducing the number of pets who suffer from dental disease. For more information on how to properly brush your pet’s teeth or to learn some of the other great pet wellness tips that HealthyPet provides its readers, please ask you veterinarian to provide HealthyPet Magazine.
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About HealthyPet Magazine
HealthyPet Magazine is a seasonal magazine that is dedicated to bringing relevant and educational pet wellness content to pet owners. Available exclusively through your veterinarian, HealthyPet Magazine is distributed to over 8 million pet owners every year, reinforcing the bond between the pet owner and his or her veterinarian. HealthyPet Magazine believes that improving communication between veterinarians and their clients leads to healthier pets. HealthyPet Magazine is published by Vetstreet®. To learn more about HealthyPet Magazine, please visit vetstreetpro.com.