80% of dogs and 50% of cats over the age of 3 years already show signs of gum disease.
Maintaining good dental health in your pet is a lifelong commitment. Dogs have 42 permanent teeth to chew on meat and vegetables, and they need to be well looked after. Unfortunately, dental disease is one of the most common conditions diagnosed in companion animals. 80% of dogs over the age of 3 years already show signs of gum disease.
Unfortunately, untreated dental problems can lead to serious illnesses such as dental abscesses, oral infections, kidney, and heart disease.
Common signs of a dental problem:
- Decreased appetite
- Unwillingness to eat hard food
- Bad breath
- Plaque or tartar build-up on teeth
- Swollen, red or bleeding gums
- Missing or broken teeth
- Weight loss
- Pawing at mouth
Bad breath occurs in all types of dog breeds. However, as gum disease is more common in toy breeds such as Toy Poodles and Chihuahuas, they tend to be more prone to bad breath. Flat-nosed dogs also suffer from bad breath due to dental disease and bacteria from their nose and throat region.
Common causes of bad breath:
- Dental disease such as gingivitis
- Stomach problem
- Eating malodorous food such as garbage or fecal material
- Intestinal disease
- Metabolic disease
To maintain your pet’s dental health, you need to keep their teeth clean. Occasionally, your pet may require a veterinary dental procedure.
What may happen during a veterinary dental procedure:
- General anesthesia
- Oral examination
- Radiographs (depending on outcomes of assessment)
- Teeth scaling to remove tartar and plaque
- Teeth polish
- Gum irrigation to remove debris and remaining polishing paste
- Application of anti-plaque system such as an oral sealant
- Assessment of abnormal gum pockets
- Tooth and gum procedures depending on findings
- Administration of pain relief and antibiotics where required
Book in for a FREE dental check
During your FREE dental check appointment, our experienced Veterinary Nurse will examine your pet’s dental health and offer advice on treatment options. If a teeth clean under general anaesthsia is recommended, we will create a personalised estimate tailored to your pet to find the best solution and outcome.
- FREE dental check
- Dental Hygiene Plan & estimation of costs
- Complimentary post-dental check with a Veterinary Nurse
- Veterinary Prescription food recommendation