Check your pets' breath this Dental Health Month

GLADSTONE pet owners have been warned; 'dog's breath' is not normal.

Ahead of Pet Dental Health Month in August, Petbardn and Greencross Vets are joining forces to urge Gladstone locals to brush up on their pet's dental routine.

"Dental Health Month is a great time for us to talk to local pet owners about common dental problems, tips on prevention and the recommended treatments," said Lyle Barry, Store Manager of Petbarn Gladstone.

"Much like people, dental problems can have a significant impact on overall health and wellbeing, so it's important that pet owners take care of their pet's teeth," added Lyle.

Poor dental health is incredibly common amongst Australian pets, with about 80% of dogs and cats over four showing some form of dental disease.

Dr Rachel Chay, Chief Veterinarian at Greencross Vets says that many people don't realise that untreated bad dental health can lead to severe pain and preventable health problems, such as periodontal abscesses and bacteraemia, which can result in heart, liver and kidney problems.

"Periodontal disease is the leading cause of early tooth loss in cats and dogs with key signs including bad breath, discoloured or loose teeth, swelling, and a reluctance to eat or chew. Left untreated, it can lead to severe pain and preventable health problems," said Dr Rachel Chay. 

The good news is, there are a number of ways to easily improve your pet's dental health and prevent periodontal disease including simply brushing your pet's teeth, dental diets with special treats, chew toys and regular vet check-ups.

For more information about dental health products contact your local Petbarn store on 3181 3282 or click here.