What Can You Do About Your Pet’s Bad Breath?
February 1, 2018
By Patricia Bennett, D.V.M.
February is National Pet Dental Health Month and a great time to address your pet’s oral health concerns. Just like people, dogs and cats benefit from regular care of their teeth, and a clean mouth can help prevent more serious health concerns later on.
As a pet owner, you may not be checking or cleaning your dog’s or cat’s teeth on a regular basis. You may assume that all is well, as long as he or she is eating. However, all may not be well. If your pet has bad breath or displays any of these signs that may indicate an oral health problem that should be further investigated, it’s time to schedule an exam with your family veterinarian.
- Moves slower to go to the food bowl
- Licks the juice and leaves the bites while at the food bowl
- Refuses dry kibble
- Acts irritable and/or aggressive
- Is losing weight
Your cat or dog should receive a complete examination that will include oral health in order to rule out all possibilities and identify any problems. Keeping up with your pet’s dental health can enhance his or her quality of life. For more tips on caring for your pet’s teeth, visit www.avma.org and search “pet dental health.”
The information contained in this article is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, care, or treatment. Always consult your veterinarian or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions regarding any possible medical condition.
Patricia Bennett, D.V.M., serves as a Clinical Assistant Professor in Primary Care at the Companion Animal Clinic at Midwestern University College of Veterinary Medicine in Glendale, Arizona. The Companion Animal Clinic utilizes the latest technology to provide high-quality veterinary care for the community at affordable prices.
Midwestern University Companion Animal Clinic