Month: February 2017

Tips & Facts for Pet Dental Health Month [Infographic]

February is Pet Dental Health Month and a good time to learn how to keep your pet smiling and healthy.

Tips & Facts for Pet Dental Health Month

 

It’s Pet Dental Month!

 

February is National Pet Dental Health Month! If left untreated, plaque and tartar buildup can lead to painful periodontal disease. As with many health issues, prevention is the best medicine.

Here are some ways you can take a proactive role in keeping your pet’s teeth healthy.

  • Brush their teeth! It might take patience and practice, and some treats or rewards, but eventually it can even turn into a bonding experience. Make sure to use toothpaste that’s safe for pets. Brush gently for 30 seconds on each side of their mouth at least every other day.
  • Dental treats, toys and food: While not as effective as teeth brushing, products that are specifically designed to promote oral health are a good alternative. Check for the Seal of Acceptance from the Veterinary Oral Health Council to ensure the product meets the standards for effective plaque and tartar control.
  • Regular dental exams: Just like humans, pets need to have their teeth and gums checked by a vet once or twice a year. A basic dental exam can usually be done without sedation, unless your pet becomes aggressive or they are in pain.
  • Diet: Overall health begins with a good diet, but many dental health problems can be caused by malnutrition. Ask your vet for recommendations if your pet has nutrition issues that need to be addressed.

Keeping your pet’s teeth and gums healthy has tremendous benefits—some studies have shown that maintaining oral health can add up to five years to your pet’s life.

Tips for Adopting a Cat

 

Shelters are full of wonderful cats who need loving homes. No matter how tempting it is though, you can’t take them all.

There are many factors to keep in mind before choosing your new feline friend. Here are some things to consider:

  • Consider your needs and expectations. If yours is a full-time working household, a low-key adult is a better choice than a kitten, who will need more time and energy. Will the cat be alone all day? Cats can become bored or depressed when left alone for long periods of time. In this case, consider a bonded pair of cats – cats who are buddies who can keep each other entertained while their owners are away.
  • Is this your first cat? If so, stay away from “excessive” cats – excessively shy, aggressive or demanding—they may be too challenging for your first feline experience. A better bet is the friendly outgoing cat who nuzzles and purrs and interacts with you. This is also a better choice for families with children younger than seven.
  • Do you have other pets? Your new cat must fit in with your other pets. Make sure to introduce them and see if it’s a fit before making a commitment.
  • Do you have children? Children should not chase or corner cats, and both cats and children should be supervised when together. Make sure your house is cat-friendly too – it needs high areas, such as shelves or counters that are inaccessible to children. Baby gates can also help create a safe space for the new cat. You’ll also need room for litter boxes, feeding stations and sleeping areas.
  • Consider a special needs cat—shelters are overflowing with cats, which means many elderly cats or cats with physical or behavioral challenges are the first to be euthanized. These special cats can make wonderful pets, and if you can accommodate their needs, it is well worth the extra effort knowing you’ve saved a cat’s life.

The wide diversity of cats in Pet Supermarket, local shelters and rescue groups ensures that with some patience and thoughtful consideration, you will find a kindred spirit. Many rescue organizations vaccinate, de-worm and test for feline leukemia before allowing cats to be adopted. Some spay/neuter before adoption as well. Ask for specifics on what is included in the adoption package.

Having a cat in your life adds companionship, humor and perspective. A cat can help teach your child responsibility and empathy for others. Once you make the commitment, your cat will enhance your life in ways only a furry feline friend can.

How Much Do You Know About Your Bunny’s Teeth? Here Are Some Interesting Facts!

  • A baby rabbit has 16 primary teeth.
  • Adult rabbits have a full set of 28 teeth. Those big front teeth are called incisors. There is also a pair of incisors at the front of the lower jaw.
  • Rabbits don’t have canine teeth, but they do have premolars and molars, also called “cheek teeth”.
  • Unlike our own teeth, rabbit teeth have no enamel and wear down quickly. Luckily, the nerves in rabbit teeth stop just below the gum line, so the constant wearing doesn’t cause any pain.
  • A rabbit’s teeth never stop growing throughout its life. All of a rabbit’s teeth have open roots, which enables their lifelong growing. Rabbits and rodents are the only animals with this type of tooth structure.
  • A rabbit’s teeth can grow 3 to 5 inches every year.
  • Rabbits have a strong instinct to gnaw, and pet rabbits should always be supplied with plenty of clean grass hay as well as wood branches or toys for gnawing, in order to prevent overgrowth of the incisors.
  • Rabbit’s teeth are made to wear down quickly, so an improper diet can cause problems with the teeth very quickly. Grass and other greens wear the teeth down much more than commercial pellets do. Pellets are chewed mostly with the cheek teeth, which only grinds part of the incisors and can result in tooth spurs that cause the rabbit a lot of pain and keep it from eating properly.
  • With a proper diet, a rabbit’s teeth won’t need much care, as the roughage in its diet will keep the incisors properly worn down and the chewing will keep the cheek teeth well aligned.