Your Pets Dental Health

Just as it is important for us to have healthy teeth and gums, it is as important for our pets to have good oral care for their long-term health. Dentistry for pets include oral examinations, scaling and polishing, general cleaning, tooth extractions and oral surgery. For most pets, the annual dental check-up will take place at the annual health visit. If you suspect they may have issues with their teeth or gums at any other point, you should bring them in for an assessment.

Common Signs Of Dental Issues

Some of the signs of dental issues include:

  • Bad breath
  • Inflamed or red coloured gums (Gingivitis)
  • Little or no appetite
  • Difficulty with or slow eating/chewing
  • Pawing at the mouth.
  • Red or pink saliva or higher than normal salivation levels
  • Tooth tartar or plaque that is visible on the teeth or teeth appear discoloured
  • Loose or broken teeth

When dental issues are indicated, your pet may be given a general anaesthetic so that a full examination can be done. X-rays may also be taken at this time. While your pet is under anaesthetic, diseased teeth may be removed and teeth can also be cleaned if needed.  Most pets will experience some dental issues, especially when they are older. You will be advised of pre-op and aftercare required if your pet needs dental surgery.  Planned surgery will require that your pet fast for a few hours prior to surgery.  After surgery they will require a quiet space to recover and possible soft food for a day or two afterwards. Lots of love always helps for faster recovery as well.

Getting Regular Check-ups

Help reduce the risk of dental problems by checking their teeth regularly, offering a healthy diet as well as dental chews designed to keep teeth clean.  Some pets benefit from daily brushing with a toothpaste and brush designed for pets. Speak to us about ways to reduce dental problems for your pet.