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Does your pet have a healthy mouth?

Published on February 2nd 2022

February is Dental Health Month for pets. Dental health is a key factor in the quality of life, comfort, and even longevity of your furry friend!

Did you know that 70% of adult cats suffer from dental disease? With most of these cases related to tartar or gingivitis, it is entirely possible to avoid or limit the damage of these problems by taking action in your regular care routines.

  • Teeth brushing
    How many times did the dentist tell you this as a child? Now the same logic applies to your pet! From a young age, you can get your pet used to you handling its mouth, with plenty of rewards, to make the process fun and stress-free. Equip yourself with a small toothbrush or rubber finger and pet toothpaste (never use human toothpaste!) and you are ready to start a regular brushing routine.
  • Dental food and treats
    Your veterinarian may also recommend placing your pet on a dental food that simulates the action of brushing and reduces tartar build-up. Chewing on dental toys or treats can also help dislodge or reduce particle buildup and keep the gums healthy.
  • Vet visits
    As with humans, the dental health of our pets begins with prevention and regular checkups. Your veterinarian can examine your pet’s teeth during your annual clinic visit and ensure that everything is in order or recommend adjustments if needed. Your veterinarian may also suggest professional tartar removal.

You are your pet's best ally when it comes to dental health! By establishing a good routine and keeping an eye out for any signs of deterioration (bad breath, red gums, secretions from the eyes or nose, excessive drooling, etc.) and in consultation with your veterinarian, you can prevent pain and health problems for your best friend!


With information from :
Taking care of your cat's teeth – Mondou
Votre animal a-t-il une bouche en santé? – Ordre des médecins vétérinaire du Québec