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Dental Health for your pet
by Anita Ansell, Veterinary Nurse
Why get your pets teeth checked regularly?
Problems usually start with a build up of sticky plaque that hardens to form tartar. If not removed this can lead to gingivitis, a painful condition of inflamed gums, and eventually periodontal disease may develop.
Pets could then lose teeth and can be prone to infections that may affect other organs in the body. Keeping up to date with a general dental check by your Vet can prevent health problems your pet may develop.
Open your pet’s mouth and look inside (you should start to do this when they are young so they can get used to this).
Common indications of dental problems could be:
If you notice any of the above indications you should arrange a check with your vet as soon as possible. If your pet is NOT showing any signs of dental disease, it’s important to help keep your pets teeth clean to prevent problems in the future.
Factors to consider
There are many reasons why some cats and dogs are more prone to dental disease than others. Some factors that affect dental disease include:
Prevention at home
T/D is an example of a specially formulated dental food. Available from your Veterinary Clinic
Dental examinations by your Veterinarian or Veterinary Nurse are an important part of your pets dental care.
Get an animal teeth brush (or finger brush) and animal tooth paste for teeth brushing.
Training your pet to accept having its teeth brushed takes time and patience and is best introduced when they are young.
Aquadent is a water additive which has been shown to reduce plaque and tartar buildup by more than 50%
There are many different types of dental chews on the market - talk to the Veterinary Clinic staff about the best options for your pet.