February is National Pet Dental Health Month
Feb 8, 2011
While more and more animal lovers are pampering their pets with sweets and gourmet treats, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) is reminding pet owners that February is National Pet Dental Health Month.
The AVMA's national campaign - called "Pets Need Dental Care, Too" - will run all year, promoting pet oral health education, regular animal dental examinations, and routine dental care at home. Recent research has shown the significant impact of clean teeth on pet health and increased lifespan.
According to the Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC), 77 percent of dog owners opted for dental treats last year, while only 1 percent brushed their pets' teeth on a daily basis. Dental treats are considered an easier way to maintain animal oral hygiene compared to daily brushings.
With numerous products available on the market, the Veterinary Oral Health Council is reminding animal owners to look for the VOHC Seal of Acceptance when buying pet dental products. According to Dr. Jan Bellows, president-elect of the American Veterinary Dental College, "There are a variety of pet treats and foods that claim to clean teeth, but not all products provide significant benefit."