February 1st marks the beginning of pet dental health month

Posted on February 1, 2010 under Pet Health & Safety

Pet owners should keep their animal's dental health in checkIt may be a good idea to take your furry friends down to the local veterinarian for a teeth cleaning as February is the national pet dental health month.

Animal dental health is extremely important for proper pet health, according to veterinary experts. The month’s recognition was created to remind owners that while they may take good care of their chompers, their pets need some dental TLC too.

"Most people have no idea that dental health is so important to their pets, and that’s why Pet Dental Health Month is such a great idea," explains Dr Larry Corry, president of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). "In fact, veterinarians report that periodontal disease is the most commonly diagnosed problem in dogs and cats."

Periodontal disease can potentially up an animal’s risk of developing diabetes, as well as increasing their chances of a heart attack and stroke, according to the news source.

Animal owners should be encouraged to make sure their pets get their pearly whites checked, in order to nip any potential health risks in the bud.ADNFCR-2720-ID-19591138-ADNFCR