Dental Health Checks
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.
We offer a number of opportunities for your pet to have their dental health assessed at the Ivanhoe Veterinary Clinic.
This can either be done in consult with one of our veterinarians (i.e. during their annual health check or vaccination appointment) or we are pleased to offer complimentary dental checks with our experienced veterinary nurses. Dental health checkups allow us to give you a realistic appraisal of your pet’s dental health. Fortunately, some early cases may be best managed by a diet change to dental prescription diets or the addition of vet approved dental-friendly treats.
Other cases unfortunately require further intervention, namely a dental scale and clean or perhaps dental xrays and extractions if deemed necessary and if in the best interests of your pet.
Worried that your pet has bad breath or oral pain? Or would you simply like the peace of mind of a dental checkup? Call 9499-3691 to book a complimentary examination with one of our nurses or make an appointment with one of our veterinarians.