Pets need to have their teeth taken care of if they are to live a long and healthy life. Dental disease, rotten teeth, inflamed gums and other dental issues can be painful; their breath would smell bad and can actually be toxic for other parts of the body.

A build-up of bacteria, saliva and food debris can result in an accumulation of plaque on the teeth. Calcium salts are deposited and the plaque turns yellowish or brown and becomes tartar. Tartar and plaque on the teeth can lead to periodontal disease. This can affect the structures and tissues that support the teeth.  This can result in the loss of teeth, oral pain and even kidney and heart problems.

Common signs of dental issues include:

  • Tartar on the gumline (yellow/brown build-up)
  • Red, inflamed gums
  • Change in chewing or eating habits
  • Bad breath
  • Excessive drooling
  • Pawing at the mouth or face
  • Bleeding or pain on contact with the mouth or gums

If you suspect your pet may have periodontal disease or other dental problems, please drop by for out walk in consultations to have it checked out. Early detection can save your pet a lot of pain and even prevent tooth loss.

Prevention of dental disease

The best way to reduce the risk of dental disease is to practise adequate home care. This can include:

  • Brushing teeth with a pet safe toothpaste daily (do not use human toothpaste)
  • Giving your pet enzymatic chews, dental toys and teeth cleaning biscuits
  • Feed your pet special dental diets
  • Offer raw bones on occasion
  • Check their teeth regularly for build-up

Taking good care of your pet’s teeth can reduce the need for dental cleans and even surgery. Clean teeth and healthy gums can help your pet’s health and well-being. A professional dental clean involves a thorough investigation. Anti-inflammatories and antibiotics may be recommended. Extractions may also be required.  Our vets will also discuss preventative measures to prevent future dental problems.

If you have any questions or need to have your pet’s teeth assessed, drop by, our clinic has walk in appointments.