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February is Pet Dental Health Month

Great Advice for Pet Owners - Keep Your Animals' Teeth and Gums Healthy!

Itís not something many pet owners think of, brushing their animalís teeth. But, if it isnít done, it can cause severe health problems. Thatís according to Dr. Deborah Burke, veterinarian for the Associated Humane Societies/Popcorn Park Zoo. In honor of Pet Dental Health Month, Dr. Burke is advising all pet owners to take the necessary precautions.

Dr. Burke explains, `If your dog or cat has bad breath, if they arenít eating their hard food or if they are drooling for no apparent reason that can be the sign of an infection inside the mouth. If their teeth and gums are not cleaned, it can lead to heart trouble because any bacteria that invades the mouth can get into the blood stream.'

Dr. Burke says prevention is the best cure. `Itís very important to brush dogs and cats teeth daily. If you canít do that, then they should have their teeth cleaned by a veterinarian annually. With dogs, give them dentabones which will help brush off the tartar.`



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