Dentistry is now an established aspect of good veterinary care, and for good reason. Routine checks of the teeth, gums and oral cavity should be part of a pet owner’s routine to ensure the good overall health of your pet. Studies have shown that 85% of dogs and 75% of cats over the age of 3 show signs of dental disease. Some of the signs of dental disease include:
- Plaque (discolouration of the teeth)
- Gingivitis (Gums are inflamed and red in colour)
- Halitosis (Bad smelling breath)
You can brush your pets own teeth at home if your pet is compliant. Feed a good quality dry food and dental chews can greatly reduce the build-up of plaque and tartar. However, if using dental sticks remember to reduce your pet’s daily intake of food for that day to allow for the dental stick. We check all patient’s teeth at their time of annual vaccinations.