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February is Pet Dental Health Month

Have you checked your pet's teeth lately? With February being National Pet Dental Health Month, now's a good time to examine your pet's dental health.

According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, more than 85 percent of dogs and cats show signs of oral disease by age four. Small animals and reptiles are also prone to dental disease.

Dog smiling

An ounce of prevention is worth
a pound of cure

This health adage certainly applies to pets. So it's wise to be proactive about your pet's dental health before it leads to oral disease.

Dogs and Cats

Regular brushing to remove food lodged between teeth prevents the growth of bacteria, which will turn into plaque and tartar if not eliminated. Plaque and tartar lead to gingivitis, and if ignored, will progress to periodontal disease.

Providing the proper nutrition also helps prevent oral disease in all species.

For dogs, Nutrience has special food and treats formulated to help maintain healthy teeth.
Zoë all-natural dog treats
and Gŭmi dental toys can also be very beneficial.


Reptiles such as lizards and snakes can develop gum disease due to food getting stuck between teeth. If you're comfortable with opening your pet's mouth, examine your pet's mouth occasionally for trapped food or cuts in the gums. Alternatively, take your pet to a professional for regular oral checkups.

Small Animals

Have your small animal's teeth examined by a vet or qualified pet specialist, who can provide specific advice and methods for keeping teeth healthy and trim. In general, provide chews, toys and accessories that encourage gnawing and help keep the growth of teeth in check.

All Pets

In all cases, monitor your pet's dental health by doing regular checkups, at home if possible.

Some warning signs that may indicate oral problems include:

  • Bad breath
  • Tartar buildup on teeth
  • Swollen, receding or bleeding gums
  • Fractured or abscessed teeth
  • Change in eating habits

Use a proper toothbrush and toothpaste made for pets

Use a proper toothbrush and toothpaste made for pets

If you have any concerns, schedule an appointment with your vet to get a professional opinion.

For Dogs

For Cats

Small Animals

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