February kicks off National Pet Dental Health Month, and #NationalLoveYourPetDay on February 20th. This holiday is a day set aside to give extra attention to pamper your pets and to focus on the special relationship that you have with your fur kid. Most households in the United States have at least one pet? So, whoever your pet companion is, just go and enjoy spending a little extra time with them on National Love Your Pet Day. Bring your pet a special treat, take an extra long walk, or give them more attention on February 20th. Whatever you decide to do, spoil and appreciate your pets-they give us so much unconditional love, laughter and happiness-celebrate them. Use #NationalLoveYourPetDay to post on social media, and share a special photo of you and your fur kid.
February also reminds of us to take care of our pets teeth! If you don’t already brush your pet’s teeth (my dog doesn’t mind it, but I always forget), or take them for regular cleanings, here are a few reasons you need to pay attention as it could also extend their life. With my fur kid Josie just turning 3, and studies show that by this age- 80% of cats and dogs have some form of periodontal disease if not treated or managed-This February book an appointment with your vet to have their teeth checked. I also mentioned above- this could extend your pet’s lifespan..Gingivitis if not treated- leads to periodontal disease, and periodontal disease can lead to other health problems outside of the mouth. The bacteria that develops around your pet’s teeth can enter their blood stream and cause more serious medical conditions, including heart, kidney, or liver disease, or diabetes.
On a more superficial level, providing regular care for your pet’s teeth can prevent bad breath. If your pet’s breath is so bad it sends you running in the other direction (let’s face it sometimes it smells like poop), a good cleaning may be in order. Although yearly cleanings will cost you some money now, they could save you big bucks down the road. By keeping your pet’s teeth clean and free of disease, you could be saving yourself from expensive medical procedures in the future, including tooth removal, surgery, or the cost of dealing with other health conditions that could arise.
Lastly, Valentine’s Day for many brings boxes of chocolates. As a reminder-chocolate can make your dog very ill and in some cases lead to death. Make sure you close boxes and put them up and out of the way of your fur kids. Vets say it’s one of the most common causes of dog poisoning.
If you think your dog might've eaten chocolate -- especially the darker kinds -- call your vet right away. They will ask you about your dog’s size, what kind of chocolate they ate, and how much. A chocolate chip cookie can cause problems for a little dog, and a bag of chocolate chips can spell trouble for a big one.
What do to if your dog does eat chocolate? Typically, your dog will vomit on his own. If not, your vet might want you to give him/her hydrogen peroxide to make them throw up -- 1 tablespoon for every 20 pounds, You can use a turkey baster or a medicine dropper to give him the liquid. So, have a wonderful February, and hope these tips and reminders help keep you and your fur kids-Happy & Healthy! Don’t forget to always try to rescue when pawsible.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Dawn McCarthy Feb 2017 The Beauty Battalion
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