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February Marks National Pet Dental Health Month

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AUSTIN—The start of February marks, along with Black History Month, National Pet Dental Health Month. National Pet Dental Health month has been designated in February in an effort to increase awareness about dental care for companion animals, an aspect of pet health care that is often overlooked.


During National Pet Dental Health Month, pet owners are encouraged to make a habit of brushing their pet’s teeth, monitoring very carefully what goes into their pet’s mouths and taking the right steps to guarantee their pet receives the appropriate professional care for their teeth. National Pet Dental Health emphasizes to the public the importance of a pet’s dental health, and the fact that a pet’s dental health is just as important to their overall health as a human’s dental health is to their overall health.


Periodontal disease is a disease of the gums that dogs and cats struggle with just as humans do. Periodontal disease is one of the health threats that National Pet Dental Health Month aims to address. The disease is a threat to the health of dogs and cats alike and can lead to infection and eventually tooth loss, which can make for a painful and difficult life for these animals. Dental disease can also lead to heart, liver or kidney diseases. National Pet Dental Health Month is geared toward the prevention of these diseases to help pets stay healthy and keep away from potentially serious health problems.


For more information on dental health for pets or National Pet Dental Health Month, contact your pet’s veterinarian or the Texas Veterinary Medical Association.


The Texas Veterinary Medical Association (TVMA) was organized in 1903 and continues to operate as a nonprofit organization under the laws of the state of Texas. The purpose of TVMA is to support veterinarians as they practice the art and science of veterinary medicine in Texas.

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