February is National Pet Dental Health Month

Did you know that February is National Pet Dental Health Month?

At Sarasota Veterinary Center, we want to make sure that you are fully educated on your dog’s dental hygiene. Did you try googling “dental cleaning for dogs near me” a little too late and now you’ve noticed some potential issues? No worries! We’ve got you covered. Here are three tips to get you back on the right dental path but first check out the signs of dental disease.

Know The Signs of Dental Disease

Here are the most common indicators:

  • (Really) bad breath
  • Bleeding gums
  • Yellow-brown tartar
  • Red, inflamed gums
  • Excessive drooling
  • Pawing at the mouth or rubbing the face against the floor or furniture
  • Difficulty chewing and dropping food when eating
  • Change in eating habits

Three Tips for Dental Health

  1. Brush Your Pet’s Teeth Every Day

We know that it may seem “weird” that you have to brush your dog’s teeth every day as you brush yours, but it’s so important. This is one of the surefire ways to keep dental disease at bay! Start out doing it a few days a week and gradually lead up to doing it every day. Visit your local pet store for the proper brushes and toothpaste. A soft-bristled one is ideal for starters. At Sarasota Veterinary Center, we can show you how to properly brush your dog’s teeth. Schedule an appointment with us today to get started!  

  1. Visit Your Veterinarian for Teeth Cleaning

As we just mentioned above, we recommend that you visit us at Sarasota Veterinary Center. You don’t need to google “dental dog cleaning near me” any longer, because we are your #1 choice.

The staggering fact is that approximately 80% of dogs and 70% of cats over the age of 3 will suffer from some sort of oral disease that will need treatment, which may include removing teeth. We don’t want your dog to get to this point, so we recommend two visits per year to us to keep your dog on track. We have state of the art diagnostic equipment that will detect any issues that might require treatment. Such treatment might include a tooth or multiple teeth being pulled to stop infection and prevent additional health problems but your pet’s teeth don’t need to get to this point.

  1. Give Your Dog Chew Treats/Toys  

There are some treats that are specifically designed to clean your dog’s teeth and they are extremely helpful in doing so. All it takes is a visit to your local pet store. Have a chat with an employee and have them show you all of the various and safe options for your dog. It’s very important, however, that you do not give your dog bones that may deteriorate into sharp pieces. They could be harmful and painful to chew and even worse to digest. If you’re a novice in this area, we highly recommend you obtain assistance in selecting the right chew toys/treats for your pup.


Keeping your pet’s teeth clean is a huge responsibility and takes diligence on your part, but it will pay off in the end! Should you need immediate assistance, forget about googling “dental cleaning for dogs near me” and contact us at Sarasota Veterinary Center today!