One of the most common health issues we see in middle aged to older pets is the development of dental disease. In fact, it is thought that 85% of dogs and cats over 6 years of age have some form of dental compromise. Often the two main contributing factors towards the development of dental disease are poor diet and genetic susceptibility.
The level of disease can vary widely from the earliest sign of gingivitis (inflammation of the gum), to plaque accumulation on the teeth and finally to obviously loose teeth associated with the appearance of pus in the mouth (pyorrhoea).
Often pet owners notice a bad smell coming from their pet’s mouth. Sometimes they may observe their pet displaying difficulty or pain when eating their normal diet (especially when fed harder foods) or less commonly notice their pet pawing at their mouth or rubbing their head on the ground.
When our Vets observe a pet with dental disease, they are not only concerned with the pet’s dental hygiene but are also concerned regarding the flow on effects that poor dental health can have. Dental disease often leads to bacteria being released from the mouth and into the blood stream. This bacteria then travels via the blood to other organ systems in the body such as the heart, kidneys and liver where it can accumulate and cause more severe issues. Additionally, having a pet with poor dental disease can result in your pet having oral pain and may also pose a health concern for your family.
Our dental health checks are complimentary
During a specific dental health consultation or during your pet’s annual health check, our Vets will give you a realistic appraisal of your pet’s oral health. Some early cases may be best managed by a diet change to include dental specific foods (such as Hills t/d or Royal Canin Dental Special) and the addition of dental friendly treats (such as Greenies, pigs ears, raw carrots, the recommended type of raw bones and Pedigree Dentastix). Other cases unfortunately require further intervention such as a general anaesthetic followed by either a dental scale and clean or dental extractions of any diseased teeth where deemed appropriate.
So if you believe that your pet may have bad breath or oral pain, or would just like the peace of mind of having a dental check-up, call 94993691 or book online to make an appointment today.