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Pet Health Concerns: Gingivitis

Not only common in humans, gingivits affects other animals as well. Occurring in cats and dogs, this condition forms when tartar builds up on teeth and causes inflammation. It may affect one or several teeth in the pets mouth and can eventually progress into a mild form of periodontal disease. Gingivitis can occur in any breed, however, it’s fairly common with Abyssinian, Main Coon, European Burmese, Russian Blue, and Somali cat breeds.

Gingivitis symptoms include bad breath, gum infection, and pain. If left untreated, teeth can eventually begin falling out. To prevent gingivitis, it is important to keep your pets teeth clean by brushing them daily. Most pet stores sell pet tooth brushes and pet safe toothpaste, so make sure to pick some up and help maintain your pets dental health.

By enrolling your pet with Trupanion pet insurance, your cat or dog’s policy will include coverage for diagnostic tests, medications, surgeries, hereditary and congenital disorders, as long as treatment for a certain condition is required after enrolling and is not pre-existing.

Has your pet ever experienced any problems with gingivitis? If so, we would love to hear from you and any comments, advice, experiences, of thoughts on this condition.

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