2012-02-09 / Local & State

February Is National Pet Dental Month

Valentine’s Day is just one of the constant reminders of why dental care is so important. So, while we are puckering up this Valentine’s Day and sniffing our bouquets, let’s not forget our loving, deserving and loyal furry family members whose breath and pearly whites (or not so pearly whites) need love too. To celebrate February’s National Pet Dental Health Month all dental products at Murphy’s Total Pet Connection will be 10 percent off. Here are some dental facts to get you and your pet smiling and brushing away.

Signs of gum disease include yellow and brown buildup of tarter around the gum line, inflammation and bad breath.

One of the most common dental problems is broken or chipped teeth.

More than 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats show signs of oral disease by age 3. Some tips to keep your dogs pearly whites gleaming all year round:

Inspect their teeth on a regular basis. If your dog or cat’s breath is unbearable and there is discoloration or tarter present, these could be signs of serious health issues. You should seek the advice of your vet.

When your dog or cat goes in for their yearly checkup make sure you schedule a complete dental checkup as well.

Brush your dog’s teeth at least 2-3 times a week. Maintaining a daily teeth brushing regime is the key to good health and prevention.

Chew toys and hard treats are a good start, but it should not be a substitute for brushing your dog’s teeth.

So give your pet something to truly smile about by making pet dental health a priority.

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