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.
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Deborah Smith Music 1 day ago
Wow! Wish I'd found Victoria and her team earlier! Took our new puppy Brodie in for first check up - free visit - and had a great unhurried chat/examine with Victoria about all sorts of concerns and questions I had. Then he ha is op for neutering and both the op with Suzanne and follow up with Lauren and Victoria have been amazing. Even had a text from Victoria to check on him on a public holiday! That's service. Started coming to this clinic because of a recommendation from other dog owners - now will be recommending them myself. Thanks so much everyone.
Kelly Steele a week ago
I've seen all three vets at this clinic and they are all excellent. Support staff are also great, and there are nice touches such as reminder texts and personally following up on a sick pet. Highly recommended.
Slavica M 2 weeks ago
Ivanhoe Vet - Great service and Friendly staff. They are so patient and caring. Always find a way to fit in an emergency. My dogs actually love going there!!. From the front desk staff to all the vets. Great work...
McCubbery John 3 weeks ago
Every staff member is a winner. Their care and understanding of pets and owners and family members. we've been taking our dog there for 12 years and in that time she has had a blend of minor maintenance and serious surgery and at all times we feel that we have had a reliable partner on the journey. the current star is Eric who helped us out yesterday and just showed such wonderful enthusiasm and warmth but even though our dog probably wanted to be anywhere else, she submitted to the treatment that was suddenly necessary. We cannot recommend this clinic and its staff enough - a big thank you.
Marion Gray 3 weeks ago
I couldn’t be happier with the care that my cat Bela (and we his owners) have received at Ivanhoe Veterinary Clinic. Everybody there – the vets, nurses and office staff – work excellently as a happy team and are extremely caring, professional and consultative. They understand the difficulties and differing views of owners and try to find solutions that work best for all concerned. They even do a phone follow-up where necessary after a consultation to check if the suggested treatment is going all right. The office is open long hours and has good links with other animal services in the community. My cat couldn’t be in better hands.
Richard Wadley 3 weeks ago
Gem has been a patient at Ivanhoe Veterinary Clinic all her life, she is getting a bit old now and from time to time needs a bit more attention. I know that she can always get the best care and attention from the Clinic, which is why when she recently needed an operation, it was preceded by careful planning and a number of tests to ensure that all basis were covered before the team was ready to proceed to another succesful operation. The follow up was great ~ as usual. Many thanks to Ivanhoe Veterinary Clinic.