US set for Pet Dental Care Month

Thursday, 10th February 2011

People in the UK may like to follow the lead of pet owners in the US and join in with Pet Dental Care Month.

Throughout February, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) will be reminding all pet owners that dental health is important for animals.

Although perhaps not as regularly as humans, after eating dog or cat food, owners should brush their pet's teeth, with the AVMA offering tips on how to do this effectively.

Should an owner not take care of their pet's dental care, the animal can develop periodontal disease, which has been linked to diabetes, heart attacks, strokes, kidney disease and other life threatening disorders.

Dr. Larry Kornegay, president of the AVMA, said: "It's estimated that by the age of two 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats have some form of periodontal disease.

"During Pet Dental Health Month, the AVMA is encouraging all dog and cat owners to take steps to control plaque on their pet's teeth and see their veterinarian for dental checkups."