Your Pets Dental Care

Does your dog need a dental?

The Facts

  • 4 in 5 dogs have some type of dental disease by age 3.
  • 2/3 of a dog’s tooth is under the gum line.
  • Untreated dental disease can spread to your dog’s VITAL ORGANS.

Teeth To-Do's

BRUSH at least 3 times a week
Teeth and gums weekly
Vet-approved chew toys
A professional cleaning

Dental Do's & Don'ts

Dental care for your pet isn’t just about fresh breath and a sparkling smile.
Do – Take advantage of food, treats & toys
Look for specially formulated food & treats for dental care. Invest in chew toys of high quality! Chewing is natural instinct for your pets and can help to remove tartar from their teeth.
Don't - Ignore the signs
Consult one of our veterinarians if you are worried about your pet’s oral health.
Do - Check your pet’s mouth weekly
Signs of trouble? Red, white or swollen gums, Brownish tartar on teeth, Strong breath, Excessive drooling, Loose teeth & Mouth ulsters
Don’t – Avoid brushing your pet’s teeth!
For best results, get your pet used to brushing their teeth at an early stage and it will soon become part of your pets routine.

Are you unsure?

Don't hesitate to ask your veterinarian while in your checkup, they can't take a quick look at them and advise you on the best treatment if necessary. Dental work is all carried out in our Arklow practice. Please don't hesitate to contact us on 0402 33744 (Arklow) or book an appointment through our online form.

Packing on the Pounds?

Animal obesity is a big problem in Ireland. The cause?

Overfeeding and Lack of Exercise

Health Risks For Overweight Pets

Heart / Respiratory Disease
High Blood Pressure
Kidney Disease
Decreased Life Expectancy
Ligament Injury

Need a quick, easy way to tell if your pet is overweight?

Tips to keep your pet in shape

When in doubt, consult your veterinarian!
Proper portions vary based on age, weight and activity level
Limit excessive treats, table scraps and snacks
Exercise daily (start slow if your pet is overweight)

Keep Your Senior Pet Healthy and Happy

Pets age much faster than humans. Pets can be considered seniors at the age of 5-8 years old. Large breeds tend to age faster than smaller breeds.

Dental Care
Your pets teeth need special attention when he is a senior, healthy teeth can help maintain his quality of life
Senior pets may require a different type of food which are easier to digest and have different nutrients
Vet Visits
Senior pets should see the vets a minimum of every 6 months. These exams will be more in-depth to spot any sign of diseases
Weight Control
Older dogs end to gain weight, while older cats tend to lose weight. Both of these can be health risks for a senior pet
Parasite Prevention
Immune systems in senior pets are not as robust as in younger animals. Check for signs of fleas and ticks, and make sure your dog is on heart worm medication
Mobility Maintenance / Lifestyle Changes
Keeping your senior pet mobile is important for its health, talk to your vet about what level of exercise is appropriate. Changes may include spending more time inside and providing areas to sleep that don’t involve stairs