February: Celebrating Pet Dental Health Month

Welcome to February, a month dedicated to love, chilly weather, and… your pet’s dental health! That’s right – February is Pet Dental Health Month, and here at the Animal Hospital of Lake Villa, we’re highlighting the importance of oral hygiene for our furry family members. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), regular dental care is crucial for preventing dental disease, which affects over 80% of dogs and 70% of cats by the age of three.

Why Focus on Pet Dental Health?

Oral health issues are the most common health problems diagnosed in pets. Without proper dental care, pets can suffer from gum disease, tooth loss, and can even experience serious health complications affecting the heart, liver, and kidneys. Celebrating Pet Dental Health Month serves as a vital reminder for pet owners about the importance of comprehensive dental care.

Tips for Maintaining Your Pet’s Dental Health

  1. Regular Check-ups: Schedule an annual dental exam with us at the Animal Hospital of Lake Villa. Our team can identify and treat any issues before they become serious.
  2. At-Home Care: Brush your pet’s teeth regularly with pet-safe toothpaste and provide dental chews that help clean teeth and freshen breath.
  3. Professional Cleanings: Just like humans, pets benefit from professional teeth cleanings. We provide sedated dental cleanings to thoroughly care for your pet’s teeth and gums.
  4. Watch for Warning Signs: Bad breath, plaque buildup, red or swollen gums, and changes in eating habits are signs of dental issues.
  5. Educate Yourself: The AVMA offers valuable resources on pet dental health. Learning more can help you make the best choices for your pet’s care.

Partner with Us for Your Pet’s Dental Health

This Pet Dental Health Month, the Animal Hospital of Lake Villa is your partner in ensuring your pet’s mouth stays healthy and clean. Our dedicated team offers comprehensive dental exams, professional cleanings, and personalized advice for at-home dental care.

For more information or to schedule a dental check-up for your pet, contact us at 847-356-8387 or via email at info@lakevillavet.com. Explore our website at lakevillavet.com for more resources on maintaining your pet’s dental health.

Remember, a healthy mouth leads to a healthier, happier pet. Let’s use this month to kick-start a lifetime of good dental habits for our furry friends.