February is Pet Dental Health month

- February is Pet Dental Health Month. The Michigan Humane Society offers a reminder that regular dental care is critical to your pet’s overall health. It’s estimated that 80% of dogs and cats over age 3 have dental disease. In addition to stinky breath, you might notice swollen or bleeding gums or missing teeth. Or, maybe their gums are painful and they are not eating as much dry food. Brushing your pet’s teeth daily with toothpaste specifically for pets can help slow it down. Never use human toothpaste on pets; it contains fluoride which is harmful when swallowed. Catch dental disease early by ensuring your pet has a regular veterinary exam, at least once a year. Preventative dental cleanings under anesthesia are also important to prevent pain, tooth loss, and serious health problems such as heart disease and kidney disease.  Make an appointment  for your pet’s dental cleaning at one of the three MHS veterinary centers: MHS Detroit: (313) 872-0004 MHS Rochester Hills: (248) 852-7424 MHS Berman Center in Westland: (734) 721-4195

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