Wednesday, February 4, 2009

February is Pet Dental Health Month

Have you seen my smile? I have strong white teeth but we are still working on improving Eva's. There are various ways to keep your teeth clean including brushing, special toys and treats and our preferred method - gnawing on bones that have received our Momma's seal of approval. Not all methods are appropriate for every dog so please discuss the options with your vet.

I hear you asking "Brice, how can I tell if I have dental problems?" Let your mom or dad open your mouth and look inside. Ask them to look for the warning signs of gum disease - bad breath, red and swollen gums, a yellow-brown crust of tartar around the gumline, broken teeth and pain or bleeding when they touch your gums or mouth. Another sign of a problem may be a change in your eating or chewing habits. If they notice any of these problems, ask them to take you to the vet.

It seems like a minor issue but the inflammation and infection associated with periodontal disease may damage other organs such as the heart, liver, and kidneys, or lead to other serious health problems.

Thank you for reading our PSA.



Khyra The Siberian Husky said...

Oh my!

I know your momma khan't deny THAT smile!

Tank woo fur the PSA!

PeeEssWoo: As I leave this khomment, I see I'm kholder than we...we are 12 and woo are 14!

Pamela, Kira and Scampi said...

Thanks for the info, Mommy lets me have marrow bones for my teeth, but I hate having them brushed!
Kira, The Florida Siberian

The OP Pack said...

That was a great lesson, Handsome Brice. Our favorite way to keep our teeth sparkly clean is with a bone, but Mom seems to be very stingy with them.

Tail wags, the OP Pack

Stella said...

A-hem! Thank you for reminding my mom to pry my mouth open and look at my teefs. They are pretty and sharp! My favorite teefs brush is a bone!


The Army of Four said...

The boys like for mom to brush and de-scale their teeth. Stormy tolerates it. I hide under the dining room table. Shhh! Don't tell anyone where I am!
PS: You have a BEAUTIFUL smile!!!

Painter Pack said...

How funny that you posted mommy just brought home some dental chewey things. I'm not sure what they do, but it tasted like chicken!!

Mya Boo Boo

Lorenza said...

I see a teeth brushing in my near future!
Thanks for the info!
Kisses and hugs
Lorenza said...

I dont think I'd want my teeth brushed ew! But I eat lots of yummy chewy things to keep them clean. :)

Steve, Kat, & Wilbur said...

Wow, thanks Brice! We get to chew on bones too and I think that's a great way to clean teeth!