February is Dental Health Month at Embrace Pet Insurance

Can you believe it's that time of year again?! Pet dental health month is upon us!

I had my vet check the teeth of my 5 year old cat Lily last month when she went for her check up. I left my prior cats' teeth too long and by the time they had their first cleaning, they needed a number of extractions as well.

I can't organize my life enough to clean my cats' teeth (I have 3). I just can't imagine trying to clean 3 sets of teeth every day (plus my own and that of my kids too!) so I know Lily will likely be due for a teeth cleaning at some point. The vet said she looks good though and likely the high quality crunchy food I feed her is helping a lot.

The American Veterinary Medical Association recommends the following dental care routine:

STEP 1: Take your pet to the veterinarian for a dental exam. Don’t wait for his annual checkup if you suspect a problem.

STEP 2: Begin a dental care regimen at home. Your veterinarian can suggest steps that may include brushing your pet's teeth. One of the most convenient and effective ways to combat oral disease is feeding specially formulated foods proven effective in combating plaque and tartar buildup as shown on the Veterinary Oral Health Council's website www.vohc.org.

STEP 3: Schedule regular veterinary checkups. These are essential in helping your veterinarian monitor the progress of your pet's dental health routine.

So take the month to think about your pet's teeth.

I'll say one thing. If your dog has bad breath, it's likely from a health issue, and in particular a tooth issue. Do go to the vet if you suspect something is up with your pet's teeth (or anything else for that matter).

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