Stinky doggie breath is not uncommon, but it certainly is undesirable. The best way to combat this problem is by paying attention to your pet’s dental health. Not only will this fix up Fido’s breath, but it also will keep his teeth, gums, and mouth in tip-top shape–which is more important than many people realize.
Dr. Larry Corry, president of the American Veterinary Medical Association explains in a press release, “[V]eterinarians report that periodontal disease is the most commonly diagnosed problem in dogs and cats. This can lead to painful infections of the mouth, and in severe cases these infections can spread and become life-threatening conditions.”
Specialized dental chew toys and treats are great to keep in your dental-health arsenal, but those alone aren’t enough to keep decay at bay–you must also brush your dog’s teeth (you could try to teach him to do it himself, but all you’ll get is comic relief). Need a tutorial? You’re in luck! AVMA offers an instructional video with Dr. Sheldon Rubin. You can view it here or see the sidebar to this article.
Does brushing your canine’s canines sound like an invitation to nothing more than a messy chase? Fear not. Many veterinary hospitals offer dental care year round and are having specials and sales throughout February in honor of the event. There’s also a Facebook group you can join for more information and an official Pet Dental Health website.
Here are a couple of local specials for the month:
In Malverne at Assisi Veterinary Hospital, you can receive 25% off any dental procedure. Call (516) 256-0022 for details.
In West Hempstead at the West Hempstead Animal Hospital, there are FREE dental cleanings throughout the end of March. Call (516) 483-9720 for details.
In Selden at the Suffolk County Veterinary Group, you can save up to 55% on dental wellness fees. Call (631) 696-2400 for details.
In Southold at the North Fork Animal Hospital, there’s a dental special you can speak to the doctors about. Call (631) 765-2400 for details.