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Sponsored by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), National Pet Dental Health Month is recognized every February, but your pet’s teeth matter every day. Sure, it can feel like a chore sometimes, but we have the luxury of being able to brush our teeth and schedule dental appointments on a regular basis. But for our furry family members, their teeth are at our mercy. This month is a reminder to show your pet’s pearly whites the attention they deserve.

Importance of dental care for pet health

Few pet parents have not been on the receiving end of some seriously stinky breath and that kisser’s potent punch could be indicative of bigger health issues. According to the Royal Veterinary College, “periodontal disease is the most common infectious disease of adult dogs. It is a progressive, cyclical inflammatory disease of the supporting structures of the teeth and is the main cause of dental disease and early tooth loss in dogs and cats. It affects over 87% of dogs and 70% of cats over three years of age.” Further, beyond the dental health issues, periodontal disease can impact the heart, kidneys, liver, and more as the bacteria that causes plaque enters the bloodstream leading to organ damage and other health issues. Dental disease can also lead to loose or broken teeth and painful gums that make it difficult for your pet to eat or drink. Because pets are adept at hiding their pain, you may not realize there’s an issue until it’s too late which is why regular dental checkups are crucial.

Tips for dog dental care

Professional cleanings. Most veterinarians today make oral health assessment a priority during checkups. Professional cleanings are the highest level of dental hygiene and the surest way to ensure your pet’s dental health.

Brush your dog’s teeth. Many of you may find this laughable, but (for some) it is possible to brush your dog’s teeth with patience and the right tools. Toothpaste made specifically for dogs (in flavors like chicken and peanut butter) can be applied with a dog toothbrush that may look like a human toothbrush or be designed to fit over your finger so you’re just swiping around the inside of your dog’s mouth.

Dental treats and chews. Dental treats and chews are widely available and certainly the easiest way to promote a healthy mouth. Just the act of chewing helps scrape plaque off your pet’s teeth and many chews contain enzymes that further promote dental health.

As noted above, 70% of cats over three years of age are impacted by dental disease and early tooth loss, so dental care is not just for the dogs!

Dental health at Barkaritaville Pet Resort

The standard bath service at Barkaritaville Pet Resort includes a bath, brush out, nail filing, ear cleaning, and teeth brushing! We understand that dental health is crucial to overall health. As always, we offer a calm and soothing atmosphere, and our professional groomer makes sure your furry family member is comfortable.

Your pet’s dental health should be as integral to their care as a healthy diet. Caring for their teeth today will keep them healthier, around longer, and ultimately, even save you money in veterinary care thanks to reduced health issues.

Barkaritaville Pet Resort in San Antonio and Corpus Christi, Texas, offers a full range of services, including luxury pet lodging, doggie daycare, grooming, and more, along with a caring team of professionals to meet the needs of your furry family member. From morning playtime to bedtime treats, the days fly by at Barkaritaville!