February marks Pet Dental Health Month, the American Veterinary Medical Association‘s (AVMA) annual effort to remind pet lovers to care for their pets’ teeth like they do their own. “It’s estimated that by the age of two 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats have some form of periodontal disease,” explains Dr. Larry Kornegay, president of the AVMA. “Periodontal infections have been linked to diabetes, heart attacks, strokes, kidney disease and other life threatening disorders. During Pet Dental Health Month, the AVMA is encouraging all dog and cat owners to take steps to control plaque on their pet’s teeth and see their veterinarian for dental checkups.”
Your pet’s teeth can reveal various health issues for your dog or cat. It’s always wise to get your pet’s teeth cleaned at least once a year. This also catch oral cancer of the mouth at an early stage which can lead to a good recovery for your pet. Many times, it is the vet who find such issues with your pet upon examination or cleaning.