February Is National Pet Dental Health Month
By Rachele Baker, DVM – As a veterinarian, I examine a lot of dogs’ and cats’ mouths, and I can tell you that there are a lot of dogs and cats that have severe tartar build-up and gingivitis that their owners are not even aware of. Pet Dental Health Month helps to focus attention on this very important aspect of keeping our pets healthy.
I recommend that you gently pull your dog’s or cat’s lips back so that you can examine the molars in the back of the mouth where tartar tends to accumulate to see if your pet has tartar build-up or gingivitis (red, inflamed gums). You can see the difference between healthy dog teeth and dog teeth with dental disease in this graphic that I created for Pet Dental Health Month:
For more information about pet dental health and tips on taking care of your pet’s teeth, please read my article Taking Care Of Your Pet’s Teeth.