Orchard Vet's Blog

National Pet Dental Health Month


Periodontal disease is not just a cosmetic issue. Although fresh breath on our pets is a rarity, bad breath could indicate a serious oral problem that, if left untreated, could affect your pet's quality of life.

February is National Pet Dental Health Month, and a great opportunity to learn more about proper dental hygiene for your pets!

Dental problems in both dogs and cats are one of the most common problems that we see. Your pet's teeth build up plaque just as yours do. If it isn't brushed away, plaque hardens and forms tartar that can cause inflammation of the gums (gingivitis). This can, in turn, lead to bacteria entering the bloodstream damaging the heart, liver or kidneys. Bad breath, red gums and yellow teeth are indicative of a developing problem but really there are few signs and owners are often unaware of an issue until it has developed to the point where the animal loses a tooth.

Chewable dental care treats can help keep teeth strong and healthy, but really there's no substitute for brushing. Both dogs and cats' teeth should be brushed, using special pet toothpaste, although they may take some time to get used to it. We can give advice on how to do this if that would help. Make sure your furry friend receives regular dental checks - at least every six months - so that problems can be spotted early and a scale and polish can be arranged if need be.

Give us a call to arrange your free dental check with one of our veterinary nurses. §