Cats and dogs need dental care just as people, and February is Pet Dental Health Month – the American Veterinary Medical Association’s annual effort to remind pet owners to care for their pets’ teeth.
Periodontal infections have been linked to several major disorders such as diabetes, heart attacks, strokes, and kidney disease. It is the most common health problem veterinarians find in pets. By the age of two, an estimated 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats already have some form of periodontal disease.
There are many good products to help keep pets clean, such as dental chews, wipes, gel, and spray. Brushing is still the best thing. Use a toothpaste formulated for pets, and a pet toothbrush. Older pets can be finicky, but start with short periods of time and make it into a routine.