Dental hygmatics are now a booming industry, with many pet owners in the Midwest having a pet with the disease.
The Midwest Dental Hygmatist Association (MIDHA) has been tracking the trend for years.
It is also working to help pet owners make the transition from oral care to oral hygiene with a program called the Midwest Dog Dental Cleaning Challenge.
According to MIDHA, the challenge is to clean and sterilize dog dental care facilities in the region, including pet owners who live within 30 miles of an existing dental facility.
The goal is to raise awareness about dental hygiene, and help dog owners learn to use a dental hygieicon and get their dogs ready for the healthiest possible dental care.
“We know there is a lot of people in the area that have dogs and are having problems, and they don’t want to do that, and we want to help them,” said Darlene Smith, co-founder and CEO of the organization.
“We wanted to take the pressure off and let people know that there is help for them.”
So the challenge to us is, we can get them out of the house as soon as we can, because they can get a lot better.””
It can be a real challenge to get them to the vet, and it can be stressful when they are not getting the attention they need.
So the challenge to us is, we can get them out of the house as soon as we can, because they can get a lot better.”
Smith has noticed a rise in dog owners in her area, but she is also seeing a surge in new pet owners.
“It’s very common to see the dogs that are in the community coming to the veterinarian because they are having issues,” she said.
“They’re just not being seen by their vet.
So that is a big part of the growth.
We are seeing that a lot.”
The program has raised about $3,500 for MIDHA so far, and Smith says she is confident that the program will continue to grow.
“I have seen a lot more people in my area and I have seen more people wanting to get involved,” she explained.
“So I think it’s a good start to the campaign and we have a great chance to continue to make a difference.”
The MIDHA will be holding its fourth annual Midwest Dog Cleaning challenge on Saturday, August 28, from 7 a.m. to noon at the Hygiene Center in St. Louis, MO.
MIDHA has partnered with the Greater St. Paul Veterinary Medical Association, St. John Ambulance and St. Charles County Dental Department to sponsor the event.
The program is free and open to the public, and participants can take home a FREE $20 gift card to purchase a variety of dental products.
For more information, visit MIDHA’s website.