Feb 7, 2012 6:07 PM by Ophelia Young
February is pet dental care month, and vets say your dog's teeth are just as important as yours.
A local vet suggests a cleaning once or twice a year to eliminate plaque and make sure there are no growing diseases. If their teeth are neglected, infections can spread to other parts of your cats or dogs bodies.
The vet says it's been proven that pets with dental care live two years longer than those that don't and that it is our responsibility as owners to make sure our pets are healthy and happy.
"They may not cry out in pain, but they are having sensitivity to their foods, they may salivate, but many animals just don't express that and they suffer in silence," said Veterinarian Dr. John Sudduth.
There are also things you can do at home to take care of your dog's teeth.
The vet suggests daily brushing, dry foods, and dental chews.