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Pet Dental Health Month

Rob B.

Jan 14, 2010

February is Pet Dental Heath Month. So instead of turning away from Bowser's bad breath, turn some attention to it. Bad breath could be the first sign of periodontal disease in your pet. According to the American Veterinary Dental College (AVDC), periodontal disease is the most common clinical condition in companion animals, and 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats have the disease by age 3.

To combat and prevent dental problems for your pet, start by scheduling your pet's annual dental exam at your veterinarian. If needed, your vet can perform a dental cleaning as well as help you find the appropriate toothbrush and toothpaste to keep your pet's mouth healthy between visits.

Managing your pet's diet is another preventative measure to battle periodontal disease. Diets exclusively made up of dry food may lessen the buildup of tarter by scraping and wiping teeth as your pet eats. Look for foods labeled with an endorsement by the Veterinary Oral Health Council.

Maintain your pet's dental health during downtime too. Provide some dental-friendly toys such as rope toys to floss the gums and specially designed rawhides and dental chews to help polish teeth and remove tartar.

To find out more about your managing your pet's dental health, visit