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We have been visited by the pet Tooth Fairy!

August 31, 2020

Forget about looking under pillows for money! Book a dental procedure in the months of September and October 2020 and receive a free goodie bag and a $50 voucher to spend in the Small Animal store.

DOES MY PET HAVE DENTAL PROBLEMS?
Dental disease in our pets is extremely common.  Research shows that by the age of two, 70% of cats and 80% of dogs have some sign of dental disease.

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 extensive 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.  Normally, most pets don’t have their teeth brushed every day, this gives 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 prevent plaque hardening to form tartar and are abrasive on the teeth to mechanically scratch the teeth. 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 to give your pet a comfortable mouth again.
During the months of September and October 2020 all dental procedures (not including dental consultations) will receive a FREE goodie bag and a $50 voucher to spend in the Small Animal store.
Please note: Dental procedures involve a general anaesthetic to ensure a safe and thorough dental treatment.

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