It’s an integral part of your morning routine. Still half asleep, you step up to your bathroom sink and pick up your toothbrush. Unfortunately, many pet owners don’t make it a habit of providing good dental hygiene for their pets, too. Pet Dental Health Month, sponsored by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), is reminding pet owners that brushing their pet’s teeth can result in long-term savings. “Good pet owners are concerned about their pets’ health and are careful to keep their vaccinations up to date, but may forget about the importance of oral health. Great owners know that this is a big mistake, as periodontal disease is the most common health problem that veterinarians find in pets,” explains Dr. Douglas Aspros, president of the AVMA. “Dental health problems are extremely common, and many are very painful and can lead to serious systemic conditions. I remind pet owners that an untreated dental infection can spread to the heart, kidneys and other organs, and suddenly become life threatening. Practicing good dental hygiene at home in addition to regular cleanings by your veterinarian is the most efficient and cost-effective way to extend your pet’s life, while keeping them comfortable and pain-free.”
Diamond Hill Animal Clinic carries a variety of dental health products for your cat or dog. Give us a call today!
Looking for a delicious treat that can supplement good oral hygiene? Greenies© dog and cat treats promote good oral health by helping to clean built-up tartar on teeth. Although Greenies© are not a substitute for good brushing, they can help to keep teeth clean and breath fresh.
Virbac’s C.E.T. Dual-Enzyme System toothpaste formulated for dogs and cats to provide natural antibacterial action and to inhibit the formation of plaque. Also acts quickly to help eliminate mouth odors. These toothpastes come in 3 appealing flavors and contain no foaming agents, so they are safe for pets to swallow. Poultry, malt, and vanilla-mint flavors are well accepted by pets to help make brushing easy. Available in 2.5 oz (70 g) tubes. Poultry flavor is also available in 12-g trial-size packets with a 25-count dispenser.
Dental care for your pet may be more important than you think. The accumulation of bacteria laden plaque above the gum line can lead to long term oral health issues. Recent studies have demonstrated there is an association between oral health issues and systemic general health issues affecting the kidney, heart and metabolic systems. At Hill’s, nutritionists and veterinarians have developed clinical nutrition especially formulated to keep your dog or cat’s teeth clean and help control the oral bacteria found in plaque.
Ask Dr. Matsinger if your pet is a candidate for Hill’s T/D Prescription Diet.