Dental Disease – a common problem

Dental diseases are becoming more common in pets, with up to 85 per cent of animals aged three years and over now affected. Does your dog or cat have halitosis (smelly breath)? This is often the first sign of a problem – but it can be prevented.

As with human teeth, residual food, bacteria and calcium deposits form plaque and tartar on pet’s teeth, with painful and sometimes serious results.

Failure to address the problem can result in bacteria being carried into the animal’s bloodstream, resulting in severe or even fatal complications. Your pet’s dental care is an important part of their health.

Signs of dental disease

There are numerous dental disease symptoms in both dogs and cats.

  • Drooling
  • Bad breath
  • Reluctance or inability to eat
  • Lip smacking
  • Pawing at the mouth
  • Mouth hanging open, with tongue protruding
  • The animal using one side of the mouth, and dropping food while chewing
  • Rejection of hard or crunchy foods in preference for tinned or soft food
  • Poor appetite
  • A build-up of plaque and stains on teeth
  • Redness, swelling and bleeding of the gums

How to prevent dental disease

There are a number of ways to prevent dental disease by a combination of

  • Diet – provide pets with regular access to special dental treats and chews, bones and dental diets.
  • Dental water additives
  • Regular brushing with pet toothpastes and tooth brushes
  • Rinsing with special gels

Our helpful staff will be able to recommend the best option for your pet. Call the clinic today to make an appointment for a dental health check-up.