You know it’s important for you to visit the dentist regularly to ensure that your teeth and mouth are healthy and there are no underlying problems. But did you know it’s important for your pet to have regular check-ups too?
Oral disease is the most common condition to occur in domestic animals. A build-up of plaque in your pet’s mouth can cause swelling and pain in the first instance, progressing to severe gum disease if left untreated. Left to develop further this can even result in organ failure if bacteria infects the bloodstream. The good news is that this type of situation is easily preventable.
That’s why it’s important for you to have your pets teeth checked at their annual booster each year. One of our vets will gently examine your pet’s teeth and gums to ensure there are no signs of disease or decay. We are encouraged to brush our teeth twice daily from an early age, because we are unable to do this to even the most patient cat or dog, we tend to find by but the age of 8 years old a dental is inevitable. We are able to scale and polish your pet’s teeth using modern ultrasound equipment should they need it.
So what should you be looking out for when you’re keeping an eye on your pet’s pearly whites? Signs of a dental problem include:
- Bad breath
- Discolouration of the teeth
- Swollen or bleeding gums
- Loss of appetite
- Pawing at the mouth
- Uncontrollable drooling
- Wincing or crying when you touch their face or muzzle
Keep Your Pets Teeth Healthy Always
In between appointments with us, there are also steps you can take to keep your pet’s teeth healthy at home. Feeding them a dry or partially dry diet will help, as the abrasive crunching action as they eat will help to clean the surfaces of their teeth. You can also buy finger toothbrushes and special meaty toothpaste for dogs and cats – our nurses will be more than happy to give you some tips and tricks for getting your pet to open wide and enjoy having their teeth brushed!