Friday, January 22, 2016

February is National Pet Dental Month

February is just around the corner; February is also National Pet Dental Month.  Just as you have your dental checks your Pug needs their dental check.  Dental disease is very dangerous and can cause serious illness when your Pug has poor dental hygiene.  First of all, dental disease can affect a Pug as young as 3 years of age.  Even if you think your Pug’s teeth look clean it does not mean they are.   Dental disease is caused by bacteria derived from their food, treats, and etcetera.  Dental tools can see what is under the Pug’s gums and too see if there is standing bacterium that needs to be removed.  However, if your Pug has loose teeth, not eating much, not chewing, drools more, not playing as usual or has bad breath those are just a few signs of a possible dental issue, it is best to have your Pug’s teeth looked at minimum once a year to twice a year unless there is a standing issues such as the bad breath. 

To help with caring for your Pug’s teeth, be careful what you feed them because a diet high in meat protein could help contribute to dental disease.  Oxtails, large knucklebones, any diet with organ or muscle within the meat are also detrimental to the health of your Pug’s teeth.  A well-balanced diet of variety of meats (fish, chicken, and pork), vegetables, and fruits will help keep your Pug healthy from their teeth to their waste lines. You can also assist keeping dental disease at bay with brushing your Pug’s teeth, provided dental bones or chews (anything that helps to produce saliva), and putting doggie mouthwash (NOT human mouthwash) in their water bowl.   

Dental disease can be linked to kidney disease, lung disease, bladder infections, and heart problems if not properly taken care of.  Dental care is imperative to keeping your Pug in good health.   It does not matter whether your Pug is a puppy or a senior good dental hygiene is one step to helping them to be healthy plus with well-balance diet, nutritious treats, exercise, plenty of water and love. 

If you are worried about the cost of dental cleaning for your Pug, with February being National Pet Dental Month there are veterinarians who usually offer specials to have your Pug’s teeth viewed.  If you are concerned about the anesthesia that is used to clean your Pug’s teeth it is best to discuss this with your veterinarian or seek a non-anesthesia dental cleaning veterinarian.  Remember dental hygiene is important to keeping your Pug happy and healthy. 

Schedule your Pug's Dental Appointment TODAY!!  

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