Pet Dental Health Month Done Right
Pet specialty retail is all about what's best for pets, from high-quality diets to functional, nutritious treats to safe and engaging toys of all types. Yet one part of many otherwise-healthy dogs and cats is often neglected—their teeth. Take advantage of February's status as the official, AVMA-sponsored Pet Dental Health Month to start talking to your customers about how you can help with their pets' persistently pungent dog breath, and the importance of being proactive about dental health.
The statistics on the sad state of pet dental health should be enough to get any dog or cat lover investigating the oral care options, with some estimates saying that 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats already have some form of periodontal disease by age two. If left unchecked, it can cause painful oral issues and eventually lead to possible heart, liver or kidney damage. The bottom line is, retailers should do everything in their power to educate customers about dental healthcare to help keep their pets in the best shape possible.
While not every pet owner has the the time or inclination to stick to a strict brushing regimen, a number of less labor-intensive options can help keep teeth and gums clean as well. Click on the images below to see a sampling of products that offer the ease of use that will help any customer keep up with their pets' dental care needs long after the month ends: