February is National Pet Dental Health Month

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 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.

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Dr. Jan Bellows, a former president of the American Veterinary Dental College and owner of All Pets Dental in Weston, Fla., discussed the importance of dental health for our pets in an interview for our Animal Tracks podcast series.

Share

Show us your pets' pearly whites! We're looking for 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. View and submit photos on our Pet Dental Health Month Facebook event page, or tweet or Instagram your photos with the hashtag #PetDental. Be sure to join the Facebook event as well, to let your friends know you'll be attending.

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.

Veterinarians: Inform your clients

Get our Pet Dental Health Month toolkit to help make your clinic's observances easy and successful. The toolkit includes downloadable client handouts, tips for event planning and marketing, an easy-to-use press release template, and more. It's available exclusively to AVMA members.