August 12, 2019
Due to popular demand we are again running our dental health focus for the months of August and September.
Dental disease is usually silent to begin with. Initially there are no outward signs and symptoms. Yet once it advances, gum disease can devastate your pet’s mouth, causing chronic pain, eroded gums, missing teeth and bone loss. By the time we notice signs such as difficulty eating, a smelly mouth or excessive salivation, the dental disease can often be very bad and significant treatment is needed.
Gum disease occurs five times more often in pets than in people. Our pets have a more alkaline mouth than humans, which promotes plaque formation. Also, most pets don’t normally have their teeth brushed every day, giving plaque-forming bacteria the chance they need to multiply. Smaller breeds are more susceptible due to having smaller mouths with big and sometimes crooked teeth.
- Brushing teeth is the ultimate goal to prevent dental problems, but many pets don’t tolerate this unless started as a puppy or kitten.
- Diet plays a big part in the onset of dental problems, with soft food increasing the likelihood of disease as it sticks to teeth. There are special dental diets that are abrasive on the teeth to mechanically scratch the teeth and prevent plaque hardening to form tartar.
- There are additives for water that can help prevent plaque hardening to tartar.
- Some chew toys and treats can offer help, but often don’t suffice in severe cases.
- Often a veterinary dental scale and polish is recommended and is the best way to treat problems and give your pet a comfortable mouth again.
- Does your pets’ breath smell?
- Is your pet drooling?
- Does your pet struggle with hard foods?
- Is your pet head shy?
- Have you noticed blood on toys/food?
- Have you noticed the teeth browning?
If you answered YES to any of these questions your pet may be suffering from Dental Disease.
Call the clinic today to book a FREE dental check so we can flip their lip and deal with dental disease (promo ends 31.9.19).