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Thursday, February 21, 2013

February is National Pet Dental Health Month

Open up and say, "Ahhhhh!" With February being National Pet Dental Health Month, it's a good time to review our pet's dental health regimen to be sure that what we are doing to keep our furkids' chompers clean and healthy is on target. 

First, a few quick questions:

  • Do you brush your pet's teeth? (There are a variety of "brushes" from traditional to a finger-style brush, a sponge, and wipes).
  • Do you perform periodic mouth inspections to be sure there are no broken teeth; sores, abrasions, or growths on the gums/tongue; or foul odor from the mouth?
  • Do you give your dog dental treats or dental specific items to chew on?
  • Do you have your veterinarian give your pet a dental check-up during visits?
Pictured above, our Harely shows off her canines...and while our girl does have good teeth, with age (she is now eight) there is some tartar build up in the back, so under the direction of her vet, we are keeping a close watch on her and she may have to go in to have a professional cleaning in the near future in order to prevent any issues down the line. Last year, when Wolf, who was four at the time, underwent surgery for the papillomas that grew on his leg, we opted to have his teeth cleaned since he was already under and now he has beautiful pearly whites!

For more on pet dental health care, and to see Wolf getting his teeth brushed, please be sure to read my article, "Keep Your Pet's Smile Healthy With Dental Check Ups" on page 12 in the current issue - Volume 2, Issue #1 - of American Pet MagazineAnd be sure to enter to win an oil portrait of your pet done by award-winning artist Carole Diane Heslin while helping animals in need. Full details HERE.

Until next time, stay healthy and happy!



  1. We brush teeth and do frequent inspections. Our vet specializes in dentistry so he checks every visit. Sometimes he cleans them and two of the pack had root canals after breaking canines.

    Mom is also getting us a tongue cleaner to take care of doggy breath.
    Morgan, Sebastian, the Porties, Syd and Mac

  2. Now those are pearly whites!
    Benny & Lily

  3. Hi there guys, we missed you !!

    Our pawrents gave us special bones to chew that clear our teeth.

    So those are super neat ^^

    Woos of love.

    Echo & Link

  4. February is also Pet Dental Health Month - a special time to think about how snuggling with your four-legged loved ones would be a lot better if their mouth was a lot cleaner.
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