Did you know February is National Pet Dental Health Month?
It’s a time to raise awareness and educate pet owners about the importance of pet dental hygiene.
Gum disease occurs in up to 75 percent of dogs by the time they reach middle age and has been linked to heart problems, too. So, it’s important to stay vigilant and keep an eye on your canine companion’s dental hygiene.
Read on for 4 tips on pet dental health and overall grooming.
1. Vet Check-Up
One of the best ways to prevent and stay on top of your pet’s dental hygiene is to take them for regular check-ups.
Your vet will be able to check for all the tell-tale signs of gum disease and inform you of what you need to look out for, such as:
- Loose teeth
- Especially bad breath
- Bleeding gums
- Loss of appetite
- Weight loss
Keep an eye on any changes in behavior. Even small things such as your dog not being able to hold food properly in its mouth when eating could be cause for concern.
2. Healthy Dental Snacks
When buying treats for your fluffy friend, consider their dental health and look for snacks that will help the health of their gums and teeth.
Your vet can provide you with recommendations, but here are some of the best and most popular supermarket brands worth looking into:
- Dentahex Oral Care Chews
- Whimzees Dental Treats
- BONIES 100% Natural Dental Bones for Dogs
Just like humans, your pet’s mouth is vulnerable to plaque and bacteria. Plaque turns into tartar and will rot your dog’s teeth. Dental cleansing treats are a fun and yummy way to keep on top of your pet’s dental hygiene.
We recommend you switch to these treats as a permanent replacement to their ordinary treats.
3. Snap Those Pearly Whites
Take some photos of your pet’s smile. Everybody loves taking and sharing pictures of their pets.
Not only is it great to post them on social media and stick on your fridge, keeping a visual log of the condition of your dog’s teeth and gums is a smart way to look out for any changes worth noting.
4. Treat Your Dog to a Grooming Session
Once you’ve done all of that, why not treat your pet to a grooming session?
Brush their fur and invest in some pet shampoo to massage through their coat. For more energetic or nervous dogs, try burning lavender or chamomile oils. Failing that, spritz some pheromone sprays.
Keeping your dog’s coat clean is fun and just as important as their dental health, so why not give it a go?
Expert Pet Care
Now that you know how to keep on top of your pet’s dental health and you’ve given grooming a go, why not approach the experts for grooming?
At Fuzzy Feet, we ‘ll take the utmost care of your dog. When it comes to pampering, we know exactly what will tickle your dog’s fancy. We offer grooming to small breeds up to 25 pounds. We provide hair cutting, ear cleaning, nail trimming, bathing, brushing, gland expression and de-matting.
Get in touch with us today to have your questions answered and book your furry baby their dream treatment today!
Fuzzy Feet Boarding and Grooming provides dog owners with peace of mind by offering them a safe, comfortable, affordable, and clean environment for their dog through our grooming and boarding facilities.