Dental disease in our pets can affect their quality of life, through the discomfort it causes and the persistent infection it harbours.
Many clients do not realise that their pet is suffering with dental problems until he/she stops eating. But eating is a survival mechanism, so dental disease must be well advanced to put animals off their food.
A quick check you can perform at home:
- Does your pet have bad breath?
- Are the teeth brown in colour?
- Are the gums red?
- Is he/she taking longer to eat or becoming messier whilst they eat?
If you are still in doubt, ask us for a free nurse dental check. A vet will usually examine the mouth as part of your annual vaccination check-up.
Prevention of dental disease is best performed by regular brushing. Unfortunately many pets do not allow this when disease is already established, so you need to start when your pet is young. Ask our nurses to demonstrate brushing. Too often clients believe they can keep their pets teeth clean using chews, but most of these disappear in a matter of seconds, so make very little impact on oral hygiene. The diet Hills t/d has the same action as chewing an apple, and may be beneficial when started early enough.
In established dental disease, scaling and polishing is often required, usually accompanied by extractions. This needs a general anaesthetic, so is not a procedure to be undertaken lightly, but will produce a huge benefit to a pet which is suffering from dental disease.