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do you need pet dental insurance?




Every pet parent worries about the “big stuff” that can affect our pets, like cancer or knee injuries, but we rarely think about their dental health. And while we know pet insurance covers those accidents and illnesses, many people with pet insurance aren’t aware if their plan includes pet dental insurance or not.

 

But here’s the truth about the tooth: 85% of all pets have signs of periodontal disease by the time they’re 3 years old – and that’s not the only thing that can wreak havoc on your pet’s pearly whites! Injuries like tooth fractures are common, too (particularly if your dog is fond of chewing). Vet bills for dental treatments can really sink their teeth into your budget – which is why having pet insurance that can help pay for unexpected, non-routine dental treatments is essential.

 

Petplan includes non-routine dental treatments in every policy, so there’s never a need to purchase a rider or add-on to coverage to be sure your pet’s teeth are protected. As long as the condition is not pre-existing, every Petplan policy covers the treatments for:

 

-          Periodontal disease

-          Fractured and broken teeth

-          Gingivitis

-          Tooth extractions due to injury or disease

-          Retention of deciduous teeth

-          Tooth abscesses

 

Not only is dental disease extremely common, but it’s also very painful and can snowball into serious systemic health issues. Pet dental insurance gives you peace of mind that if your pet shows signs of dental disease, you can treat it before it progresses.  



Of course, you want to prevent painful dental disease from happening in the first place. To brush up on best practices, check out these blogs for tips on dental health:

 

the tooth about dental disease – do you know what dental disease looks like? Learn the symptoms and find out why it’s so painful and potentially dangerous.

 

diet and dental health – just like in humans, sugar can cause cavities in pets. Find out which foods to avoid feeding your pet, learn what to look for on the label and consider adding beneficial supplements to your pet’s diet.

 

dental care for the lazy pet parent – it’s OK to admit that brushing your pet’s teeth isn’t your favorite chore, but that doesn’t mean you should skimp out on dental care altogether. Try these three dental care hacks to boost your pet’s oral health.

 

decoding the dentist – go behind the scenes of a dental cleaning and find out what your veterinarian is looking for in an exam.

 

anything that can go wrong…  –  though it’s the most common, dental disease isn’t the only thing that can affect pets’ teeth. Learn about veterinary orthodontics (no, it’s not braces for pets), why broken teeth shouldn’t be overlooked and the tricky symptoms of tooth root abscesses.

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