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We humans struggle to take good care of our teeth (I mean, when is the last time you flossed???). How about your pet’s teeth though? Just like us, good dental hygiene is very important for overall good health.

Since February is National Pet Dental Health Month, now is a great time to learn about the best ways to take care of your lil buddy’s chompers!

It’s amazing to know that 80% of dogs and 70% of cats will have some form of dental disease before they turn three.

Dr. Amber Karwacki of Heart + Paw has some tips to take care of your pet’s dental health all year long:

Brush Their Teeth – Regularly brushing your pet’s teeth is the most effective thing you can do to keep their teeth healthy between dental cleanings. Daily brushing is best, but it’s not always possible and brushing several times a week can be effective. There are multiple types of tooth brushes to use but only pet toothpaste should be used. If the pet really hates tooth brushing there are dental chews and treats that can also be used.

Visit Your Vet – Pet parents should bring their furry friend at least once a year to their vet for a professional cleaning. The veterinarian will check for signs of a problem and ensure your pet’s mouth is healthy.  
Nutrition – What your pet eats can contribute to periodontal disease and gingivitis. The food’s texture and make-up can help maintain tissue integrity, stimulate saliva production, alter plaque bacteria metabolism, and provide mechanical cleansing of tooth surfaces. Your veterinarian can make a specific nutritional recommendation of a product proven to be effective in enhancing canine/feline oral health.

7 Reasons Why You Should Adopt Your Next Pet

  • Saves You Money

    Many times shelters include the cost of spay/neuter, microchipping, and vaccinating in the adoption fee which will save you some money since you won’t have to pay for the procedures yourself. Plus adoption fees are lower than if you were to purchase a pet from a breeder.

  • Adoption Helps More Than One Animal

    Shelters all over the country take in a countless number of stray, abused, and lost animals so when you adopt an animal you are helping shelters make room for other animals. The adoption fees also go towards helping shelters provide care and services for the animals in the shelters.

  • Helps to Eradicate Puppy Mills

    Animals from puppy mills are typically housed in poor conditions with improper medical care, and are often very sick and behaviorally troubled due to these poor conditions. Sadly, the mothers of these puppies are often kept in cages, bred over and over and then abandoned, killed, or sold. Puppy mills will continue to operate as long as people continue to support them. By adopting a pet, you can be certain you aren’t giving puppy mills a dime.

  • Improves Health

    Various studies have shown that a having pet can improve your health. The CDC reports the bond between people and their pets can increase fitness, lower stress, and bring happiness to their owners. Pets can also decrease blood pressure, cholesterol levels, triglyceride levels, and feelings of loneliness while increasing opportunities for exercise and socialization.

  • Unconditional Love

    A pet is a friend for life! A companion that will love you no matter what and will show you affection. What better way to create that bond of unconditional love with an animal you saved from a shelter.

  • You're Supporting Shelters

    When you adopt a pet from a shelter you’re not only saving a life, but you’re helping shelters continue to provide care for animals. When you adopt from a shelter, since adopted animals are spayed or neutered, you are helping to diminish the chances of overpopulation.