Dental disease in domestic animals is extremely common and is often a consequence of diet. It has also been shown that dental disease can lead to a number of secondary problems such as heart, liver and kidney disease. Dental disease, gingivitis or fractured teeth are also extremely painful for your pet. It is estimated that approximately 80% of dogs and cats will have some degree of dental disease by the time they are 4 years old. Sometimes this may be hard for owners to detect unless they can have a good close look inside the pets mouth. However you may pick up signs such as bad breath, red gums, facial swelling, drooling and difficulty eating.
The best approach to dental care is preventative care. There are several things that can be done to help stop these issues occurring, some may include dental hygiene, dental chews, brushing or yearly scale and polishing under anesthetic.
Our staff can provide free dental checks to examine your pets mouth properly to determine if there is an issue that needs to be addressed.
Brushing your dog’s teeth is the most effective way of preventing dental disease. Come in and chat to us about how to do this and what products are best to use.