National Pet Dental Health Month
But it’s not just for the dogs!

It’s National Pet Dental Health Month

Has your pet had a dental checkup lately?

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 to get you looking at your pets teeth. Just like humans, the state of your pets teeth can impact their overall health. 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 for National Pet Dental Health MonthTake our quiz to find out!


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.


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.


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


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

We urge you to have your pet friends oral health checked out on a regular basis. If you think there is a problem, contact us so we can check it out. When caught early, many health problems can be avoided for your pets.

Related articles you may find of interest – Pets Need Dental Care, Too! and What happens at a pet dental cleaning?

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