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.
Dental x-rays for cats and dogs
Did you know that two thirds of your pet’s teeth are below the gumline?
Using our IM3 Veterinary Xray machine we can take instant, high quality x-rays to assess each tooth and evaluate the surrounding bone. This means we will only remove the teeth that are currently causing pain or are likely to soon.
Using our portable digital x-ray, we can take images of the mouth while the patient is under general anaesthetic. Using a combination of physical examination and dental imaging we can complete a more thorough assessment of your pet’s oral health and their required treatment. This then allows a better understanding of the overall and long-term health of specific teeth.
If tooth extractions are likely to be required, dental x-rays can assist in assessing the condition of tooth roots and ensuring all roots are removed from under the gum. Some teeth may look perfectly healthy on visual examination, but dental x-rays may show issues existing below the gum-line, such as tooth resorption, cracked roots or abscesses, which can cause pain and the need for further treatment in the future. We can also help to preserve teeth that we may have been suspicious about previously but prove to be healthy on the x-rays.
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.
Trust Us as Your Pet Dentist in the North of the River, Perth
When you need a qualified and friendly pet dentist in the north suburbs of Perth, look no further than the professionals at the Bedford-Dianella Vet Centre. Our practise focuses on ensuring that your dog or cat’s dental health remains consistent.
Benefits of a Visit to Dog Dentist in Perth
Unfortunately, many pet owners overlook the importance of taking their furry friend to the dentist regularly. A few advantages of your dog seeing a dentist include:
Address bad breath: Although dogs are notorious for having bad breath, there is a marked difference between regular bad breath and halitosis. The development of halitosis could mean that your dog may have dental issues or they simply need a good cleaning. A comprehensive dental cleaning should remove any trace of overly bad breath from your pup.
Prevention: Because dogs use their teeth to eat and play, they are more susceptible to tooth loss. If your dog has a loose tooth or loses a tooth altogether, it’s critical that you bring them in to our dentist so that we can prevent further damage or infection.
Diagnosing dental disease: Similar to humans, your dog can also suffer from dental disease. This type of condition can cause your dog severe pain and make it difficult, if not impossible, to eat if it remains unchecked for too long. During your appointment, our dentist will examine every corner of your dog’s mouth to ensure there is no trace of deterioration.
Related Services We Provide to Cat Teeth Cleaning in Perth
Although our cat dentist in Perth is readily available to make your cat’s teeth shiny and healthy, our centre also provides a variety of other services. Some examples are:
Senior pet care: We realise that older pets usually need more care and compassion than their younger counterparts. Our team provides care to ageing animals that are struggling with arthritis, heart and kidney disease and other related issues. Learn more about what we do for senior pets.
Cancer: Facing the prospect that your pet may have cancer is scary for any pet owner. Once we confirm a cancer diagnosis, our team can help you navigate the different possible treatment options to give your best friend the most likely chances of overcoming the disease.
Vaccinations: It’s essential that you always keep up on the vaccinations for your dogs and cats. We can provide you with a breakdown of the shots that your pet needs and put together a vaccination schedule, so they always remain in good health.
About Bedford-Dianella Vet Centre
At Bedford-Dianella Vet Centre, we put the wellbeing of your pet ahead of everything else. We always go the extra mile to ensure that your dog or cat is in the best health possible.
Please contact us for more information about our dog teeth cleaning options in Perth.
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!
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