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How healthy is your pet’s mouth?

Jul 6, 2017 | Cats, Dogs, Pet Health

Dental disease is one of the most common diseases in dogs and cats, and involves the buildup of tartar causing gum and tooth irritation. If left untreated, the gums will eventually recede leading to infection and tooth loss.
We all know how sore a toothache can be, however our pets can’t tell us when they are not feeling well. Pets may often suffer in silence, however there are some warning signs you can look out for.

Early signs indicating that your pet may be suffering from dental disease include foul smelling breath, excessive salivation, and reluctance to eat. Other more serious effects can include tooth loss, abscess formation and secondary infections of other organs including the heart, lungs, kidneys and liver. If you suspect that you pet has dental disease, it is important to take him/her to your Anexa FVC veterinarian for a check up.
If diagnosed with dental disease, your pet may require a dental scale under general anaesthetic. This involves scaling and polishing the teeth and possible tooth extractions. However the best cure for dental disease is prevention!

The most effective way to remove plaque from your pet’s teeth is to brush them. The best way to do so is using a special pet toothbrush and toothpaste designed for use on animals. Brushing must be introduced to your pet slowly, and can begin by rubbing his/her lips and gums with your finger before introducing a finger brush or toothbrush. When the brush is first introduced, start by only brushing a few teeth at a time, and eventually work up to include all teeth. Many pets will not tolerate their teeth being brushed (especially cats), so other forms of dental prevention can be adopted.

Dental treats and chew toys can be given to dogs and cats to help encourage chewing and to prevent formation of plaque and tartar.

We also have dental diets available that use mechanical and chemical action to maintain dental health. The size, texture and shape of the kibbles provide a mild abrasive effect to gently scrub the teeth. Sodium polyphosphate traps salivary calcium so that it is unavailable for tartar formation.

If you would like advice on the best dental diet for your pet, give us a call or pop into the clinic, we’re here to help.

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