The Battle Against Dog Breath
If your dog’s foul breath is getting you down, it’s time to do something about it. You’ll not only freshen the air, but address problems that can cause your dog to be sick, or in pain.
The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) is once again hosting Pet Dental Health Month in February, and is warning pet owners that foul dog breath is not just an unpleasant reality for owners.
According to the association, dental disease is one of the most common problems seen by vets each day. The association warns that untreated dental infection can spread to the heart, kidneys and other organs –and can become life threatening. Not only that, these infections can cause a pet to be in almost constant pain, particularly when eating.
Pet companions should be on the lookout for signs of dental infection, including bleeding, frequent pawing at the mouth and a reluctance to eat hard foods. You should inspect your pet’s mouth for signs of bleeding, swollen gums or brownish teeth.
Regular brushing is recommended to prevent disease. Obviously, your dog can’t brush his own teeth, so you have to. Regular visits to the vet can help you to maintain your pet’s dental health – and treat problems before they become serious.
Of course, what’s good for the dog is also good for the cat. Cats also experience a high frequency of dental infection, and need regular care.
So, why do dogs and cats have such tooth problems? A lot of it has to do with the diets we feed them. Most store-bought pet foods are lousy choices for promoting dental health. So are all the treats people give their pets.
Take care of your friend, and remember: Your pet needs your help in this area.
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