We all know how important our own dental hygiene is, but what about our pets?
They use their mouths for a whole host of different things: exploring, holding, carrying and chewing to name a few.
It is therefore important that we look after their mouths and have them checked regularly.
Gum Disease is very common in dogs and cats and it begins with bacteria on surface of the tooth. This build up forms an off-white coating called plaque. If the plaque is left to develop, tartar forms; this is brown, rough and more difficult to remove.
The build up of bacteria also targets the gums causing inflammation. This is better known as gingivitis and can be pretty painful!
Signs to look out for:
- Bad Breath
- Bleeding gums
- Behavioural changes e.g. being less lively and sociable
- Loose teeth
- Difficulty or looking painful while eating
Cats and Dogs are very good at hiding their pain and this is no different with their teeth.
Your vet will perform a physical examination including the mouth before your pet has their annual vaccinations.
You can always book in for an extra check up with the vet or a nurse if you are concerned.
Taking care of your pets’ teeth and prevention of dental disease:
Imagine if we only brushed our teeth once in a while? Aim to fit brushing teeth into your dog’s daily routine.
- Avoiding abrasive objects for chewing (e.g. bones and tennis balls)
- Dental diets (specially shaped kibble to help reduce tartar)
- Most cats will not allow brushing, but some, more laid back individuals can be trained.
- Specially designed treats and dental diets can be used.
Ask your vet or nurse for advice on how to start taking care of your pets teeth.
March is Emscote Vets’ Dental Month so we are offering:
12.5% off dental treatments*…. this means members of the Animal Health Club get 27.5% off!
Please speak to one of our nurses or vets to discuss and book in during March to avail of this offer.