"Preventative care is the single best thing you can do for your pets to keep their teeth and gums healthy. When you maintain clean and healthy teeth and gums in your pets you're reducing your chance of damaged teeth or expensive oral surgery. It's always easier to prevent than to repair. With February being National Pet Dental Health Month it's the perfect time to take a look at your pets' teeth and start a tooth-cleaning regimen," noted Adam Stachowiak, Owner, Petland Naperville.
According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) only 1% of pet owners brush their pets' teeth, making periodontal disease one of the most common health problems veterinarians see in household pets. If left untreated periodontal disease can lead to pain, life-threatening infections and even organ damage due to bacteria entering the bloodstream. Yet the disease is entirely preventable with regular brushing of pets' teeth and gums.
"Periodontal disease can affect pets just as it can affect humans and it can have the same lasting effects: infection and decay, tooth loss, receding and bleeding gums. The difference is, people are more likely to know something is wrong early on and get it fixed. Our pets can’t do that. They rely on us to take care of them, inside and out, which means paying attention to their oral hygiene before it's too late. Dental health should be just as much a part of your pets' healthcare as vaccinations,"
Pet owners can help their furry friends by brushing their teeth at home and having regular cleanings performed by their veterinarian. Veterinarians can teach pet owners how to brush their pets' teeth and what products to use. Brushing teeth isn’t the only option for pet owners, however. Stachowiak reminds owners that the Naperville pet store (http://www.petlandnaperville.com/
Warning signs that warrant a visit to the vet include:
Bad Breath (significantly worse than is normal).
Pawing or rubbing at the face or mouth.
Avoidance of hard foods.
Red, swollen gums.
Brownish or fractured/cracked teeth.
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About Petland Naperville:
Petland Naperville is dedicated to matching the right pet with the right customer and meeting the needs of both. Since 1967 the company has helped thousands of families adopt new pets into their homes. Once customers have adopted pet, Petland Naperville and their Pet Counselors are dedicated to enhancing pet owners knowledge and enjoyment of their new pet.