HCN News & Notes

February Is National Pet Dental Health Month

NORTH BROOKFIELD — February is National Pet Dental Health Month, and Second Chance Animal Services is reminding pet owners to check their pet’s teeth. Like in humans, dental health plays an important role in the overall health of pets. Dental issues can greatly affect a pet’s quality of life.

Second Chance Medical Director Dr. Amy Alwood encourages pet owners to be aware of any changes to their pet’s dental health. “Bad breath is one of the more obvious symptoms, but excessive drooling, discolored teeth, changes in appetite, or even dropping food when eating can be cause for concern.” Alwood recommends taking your pet to see the veterinarian whenever you notice these or any changes to your pet’s behavior.

Brushing is an important part of maintaining good dental health, and veterinarians recommend starting early so pets are accustomed to getting their teeth brushed. Dental treats can also combat tartar, but Alwood cautions pet owners to follow the suggested serving size. “Too much of a good thing can be bad when it comes to any treats.”

During the month of February, all Second Chance Community Veterinary Hospitals are offering a 10% discount on dental cleanings. Interested pet owners should call one of the nonprofit hospitals for more information on scheduling a dental consult. Second Chance operates full-service veterinary hospitals in North Brookfield, Springfield, and Worcester.