Lucy may have a point about Snoopy's kisses. Does your dog have bad breath?? It may be more than a turn off; it may actually be a health concern. Poor oral hygiene can lead to tooth decay, gingivitis, and even bacteria that can lead to kidney, liver and heart disease in your dog. The American Veterinary Dental Society notes that 80% of dogs show signs of oral disease by the age of three.
February is National Pet Dental Health Month and here are a few things to consider before you smooch your pooch:
1. See your vet for annual dental check ups to assess for bad breath, tartar build-up, swollen or bleeding gums or bad teeth.
2. Brush your dogs teeth at least weekly. Get your dog used to brushing by first massaging the gums with great poultry-flavored dog toothpaste and gradually introduce brushing.
3. Nutritional supplements and special dog treats, rawhide and dental bones may help in maintaining good oral health.
4. Professional cleanings may periodically be necessary.
Who knows....after a good oral cleaning, Lucy may find Snoopy's kisses fresh and irresistable!