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February is National Pet Dental Health Month

Saturday, February 1, 2020  
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Don't turn your nose to Fido's or Fluffy's bad breath! That odor might signify a serious health risk, with the potential to damage not only your pet's teeth and gums but its internal organs as well. To address the significance of oral health care for pets, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) sponsors National Pet Dental Health Month every February. Click on the links below to learn more about how you can improve the dental (and overall) health of your pets. 

Test yourself
How much do you know about your pet's dental health? Take our quiz to find out!

Watch
Dr. Sheldon Rubin gives easy, step-by-step instructions on how to teach a dog or cat to accept a daily tooth brushing. He also describes healthy treats, and explains the true risks of periodontal disease in pets. Periodontal disease is the most common clinical condition in cats and dogs even though it's completely preventable. Dr. Cindy Charlier explains what periodontal disease is and how we can prevent our pets from getting it.

Share
Show us your pets' pearly whites! Snap some photos of your pets' beautiful teeth — and we mean any kind of pets: dogs, cats, horses, bunnies, ferrets, goats, cows ... fuzzy, furred or finned, you name it. After all, pets need dental care, too. Watch our Facebook page, where we'll be asking you to share those pictures with us and each other. You also can tweet or Instagram your photos with the hashtag #PetDental. 

Read
Learn more about pet dental health, including how to take care of your pet's teeth year-round, and why anesthesia is important.

Remember
While February is National Pet Dental Health Month, dental health should be a daily ritual for pet owners all year long.