Just like humans, pets’ teeth need looking after too. The health of their teeth and gums has a significant impact on their overall quality of life.
Did you know that 70% of cats and dogs over three years old have some degree of dental disease?
If left unattended dental disease can cause irreversible damage to your pet’s teeth, gums and jawbones.
Plaque harbours the bacteria that can infect gum tissue and the roots of teeth, causing disease and tooth loss. Untreated, the bacteria can also enter the bloodstream and cause damage to vital organs such as the heart, liver and kidneys.
loose or missing teeth
sensitivity around mouth or when eating
bleeding, inflamed or receding gums
visible tartare on tooth surface
changes in eating or chewing habits (especially in cats)
poor coat in cats (they don’t groom themselves because their mouth is sore).
If your pet is showing any of these signs of dental disease please book an appointment to see one of our vets. Early assessment and action can save your pet’s teeth.
We believe prevention is better than cure.
Introducing a few routines at home will provide your pet with adequate dental cleaning and care that can help stop the build-up of plaque and prevent dental disease.
This is the best way to prevent dental tartar in your pet but it requires diligence – and a compliant pet! The best time to introduce tooth brushing is when pets are young. DO NOT use human toothpaste formulas – they not only taste unpleasant to animals but also may be toxic to your pet.
all or any combination of these can help keep teeth clean.
When dental tartar accumulates to the point of causing gum disease, our vets may recommend your pet’s teeth be professionally cleaned under a light, general anaesthetic
While they are asleep your pet’s teeth, mouth and throat are thoroughly inspected and their teeth are cleaned and polished. Only if gum disease is severe might teeth need to be extracted.
What does a professional dental clean involve?
It’s the same as a scale and polish done by a dentist for us. However, unlike people our pets won’t sit still or open their mouth to allow a comprehensive oral examination or clean. For this reason, pets require a general anaesthetic for a professional dental check-up and clean.
Your pet will be assessed by one of our vets. The degree of dental disease will determine if extractions, antibiotics and/or anti-inflammatories will be required.
The assessment may include a physical exam, blood tests and urine tests to ensure your pet is healthy before having an anaesthetic. Once anaesthetised, we can give the teeth a thorough cleaning using our specialised dental equipment.
When your pet is ready to go home we’ll discuss with you methods of reducing dental disease in the future.
If you’re one of our many satisfied clients, please consider referring us.
Just ask your friend to mention your pet’s name when they book. As our client, you’ll receive a $25 voucher from us, to come off your pet’s next consultation or spend on products available in our reception – and so will your friend!