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*** June 2 – 8 is Pet Appreciation Week ***
 
PEOPLE MAGAZINE’S “SEXIEST VETERINARIAN ALIVE”
DR. EVAN ANTIN
Dr. Antin Discusses the Importance of Dental Hygiene
in Dogs and What We Can Do to Keep Our Pets Healthy
 

 

DR. EVAN ANTIN, Animal Expert, Veterinarian, Host of Animal Planet’s “Evan Goes Wild”
 
BACKGROUND:
Dog owners consider their four-legged friends a part of the family, and like any family member, a dog’s health is important. For pets, one of the most common signs that something is wrong is a dental problem. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), a pet’s teeth and gums should be checked at least once a year by a veterinarian. Good dental hygiene is just as important for pets as it is for humans, yet this is often overlooked.
 
On June 5, Dr. Evan Antin will discuss why dental health is an important part of a dog’s overall health routine. He’ll also offer a few tips on the best ways to keep your dog’s teeth healthy at home, such as:
·         Regular dental check-ups at the vet
·         Daily teeth care: brushing your dog’s teeth, dental chews and toys that help clean a pup’s teeth as they chew, and crunchy kibble
·         Look for warning signs of dental issues
 
 

 

 
For more information please visit: www.purina.com/dentalife
 
MORE ABOUT DR. EVAN ANTIN:
Dr. Evan Antin is Instagram’s most-followed veterinarian with over 1.1 million followers. Evan went viral after being featured in People Magazine’s "Sexiest Man Alive" issue in 2014, and again in 2017. Dubbed “the sexiest veterinarian,” he took the Internet by storm. In February 2019, Evan’s new television show Evan Goes Wild premiered on Animal Planet. In the show, viewers watch Evan chase his wildlife bucket list as he swims alongside humpback whales in Tahiti, explores caves with bats in the Philippines, and tangles with crocodiles in the Yucatan. Evan brings his passion and love for all wildlife to each adventure where, as a practicing veterinarian, he also lends a helping hand to animals in need along the way. In 2018 Evan debuted HAPPY PET, his pet wellness brand that is available online. The products use natural and eco-friendly ingredients and are available in three convenient categories—Clean, Fresh, and Active. Evan originally hails from Kansas City, Kansas where he grew up spending the majority of his childhood in search of native wildlife including snakes, turtles and insects. He went on to study evolutionary and ecological biology at the University of Colorado at Boulder and spent multiple semesters abroad in Australia and Tanzania to learn more about their respective ecosystems and fauna. In addition to his love for cats and dogs, Evan’s passions lie in exotic animal medicine and interacting with exotic animals in their native habitats around the world. For more than a decade Evan worked with wildlife in locations such as Central America, Australia, New Zealand, South America, Eastern and Southern Africa, South East Asia and a variety of North American ecosystems.
 
 

(SCHAUMBURG, Illinois) January 21, 2014—Is the worst part of cuddling with your pet its bad breath? This could be a sign of looming dental problems. Preventive veterinary dental care can save you money in the long run. Pet Dental Health Month, sponsored by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) every February, reminds pet owners that brushing their pet’s teeth is good for both your pet’s health and your budget.

“It’s something you do every morning, part of your daily routine—brush your teeth. While most people take care of their own mouths, they often forget that they also should take care of their pet’s teeth through a regular dental health care regimen,” explains Dr. Clark K. Fobian, president of the AVMA. “One of the most common problems veterinarians see in pets is dental disease, and, unfortunately, these issues can get serious if untreated. I remind pet owners that an untreated dental infection can spread to the heart, kidneys and other organs, and suddenly become life threatening. Practicing good dental hygiene at home, in addition to regular dental cleanings by your veterinarian, is the most efficient and cost-effective way to keep your pets healthy, comfortable and pain-free.”

According to a 2013 analysis conducted by VPI Pet Insurance, the average cost to prevent dental disease in pets is $171.82, but it costs $531.71 to treat dental disease.

Resources and information for Pet Dental Health Month:

“We brush our teeth each day, and daily oral hygiene is recommended for dogs and cats from the time the permanent teeth erupt,” explains Dr. Jan Bellows, president of the American Veterinary Dental College. “Brushing is the gold standard, and many dogs and some cats will tolerate having their teeth brushed if the introduction to brushing is managed gently and gradually. In addition, several companion animal nutrition companies offer dental diets.  The texture of those foods generates a mechanical cleansing effect on the surface of the tooth as the pet is eating. Dental treats such as chews can also be effective, either mechanically by scraping the tooth surface or by chemically removing excess calcium in saliva that could otherwise be deposited on the teeth as calculus. There are also plaque-retardant products available in the form of a water additive, spray, gel or dentifrice, and products that are used to seal the surface of the teeth to prolong the beneficial effect of professional dental scaling. Talk to your veterinarian for more advice about preventing dental disease in your pets.”

While regular dental checkups are essential to help maintain your pet’s dental health, there are a number of signs that dental disease has already started. If you notice any of the symptoms below, take your pet into your veterinarian immediately:

●          Red swollen gums and brownish teeth.

●          Bad breath—Most pets have breath that is less than fresh, but if it becomes truly repugnant, similar to the smell of a rotten egg, it’s a sign that periodontal disease has already started.

●          Bleeding from the mouth.

●          Frequent pawing or rubbing at the face and/or mouth.

●          Reluctance to eat hard foods—for example, picking it up and then spitting it out.

For more information about your pet’s dental health, consult your veterinarian. Visit Pet Dental Health Month for additional resources and links.

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The AVMA, founded in 1863, is one of the oldest and largest veterinary medical organizations in the world, with more than 85,000 member veterinarians worldwide engaged in a wide variety of professional activities and dedicated to the art and science of veterinary medicine.