February is National Pet Dental Health Month!
Proper dental care plays a big role in the health of your pet. By the age of 3, 70% of cats and 80% of dogs have some form of dental disease. “Doggy breath” is not normal and can be a sign of tartar and plaque buildup that causes gingivitis, gum disease, and periodontal disease (yes, your pets can get those diseases too!). Left untreated, dental disease can affect your pet’s vital organs and can shorten their life. Thankfully, pet dental issues are easy to prevent, and if caught early enough, can be treated. For prevention at home, pets benefit greatly from having their teeth brushed 2-3 times per week for 30-60 seconds each time. There are flavored toothpastes and toothbrushes made specifically for your cat or dog. Dental treats and chew toys are also a great way to prevent plaque and tartar build up. It is recommended that your pet has a professional dental exam and cleaning after the age of 2 and continue to have professional cleanings once per year while maintaining at-home prevention. The Butte Humane Society clinic offers affordable dental cleaning services for your pets to help keep them as happy and healthy as possible. Contact our office today to schedule your pet’s dental exam!