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Posted on 01-26-2018

Pet Dental Month is Coming Up: When Is the Last Time You Had Your Pet's Teeth Checked?

Does your pet have bad breath? Are their teeth looking yellow? You may just see these characteristics up to your pet being an animal, but these are actually symptoms of poor oral health.

Veterinarian cleaning a kittens teeth.

Just like you need to prioritize your oral health, so too do you need to make sure your pet is receiving the best dental care. With Pet Dental Month around the corner, now’s the best time to bring your pet in to our trusted veterinarians, proudly serving the Clifton, NJ area.

What Is Pet Dental Month?

February is the time for Pet Dental Month. The event was created by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) to raise awareness about the necessity of regular teeth cleanings for cats and dogs as well as the conditions that can affect pets with poor oral hygiene.

Why Do My Pet’s Teeth Need Cleaning?

You can ask the same about yourself: why do you need to clean your teeth? If you don’t, you’ll get plaque buildup, breath odor, and cavities. Your pets can have the same maladies. Even worse, pets with poor oral hygiene could develop more painful conditions such as abscesses and even periodontal disease. This disease can sometimes be fatal, so don’t delay!

Can I Clean My Pet’s Teeth Myself?

Yes! In between vet appointments, you can use a soft-bristled, small toothbrush (like a child’s toothbrush) to keep your pet’s teeth sparkling white. There are also edible treats for oral health, but nothing is better than brushing. It is important to note that while cleaning your pets teeth yourself, do not use regular toothpaste on your pet.

About Valley Animal Hospital, Your Montclair and Clifton Veterinarian

If you want to set up an appointment for your cat or dog to get a dental checkup just in time for Pet Dental Month, come to us at Valley Animal Hospital. We’re a Montclair and Clifton veterinarian in NJ who also administers services like pet rehabilitations, osteoarthritis treatment, hydrotherapy, pet laser therapy, vaccinations, pet surgeries (including laser surgery), pet boarding, vaccinations, and spaying and neutering.

Give us a call at 973-509-5225 or visit us at Valley Animal Hospital on 1171 Valley Road

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