Pet Care Advice 》 Dental health for your pet

 Why do we need pet dentistry?

Regular dental checks are important.85 percent of dogs aged over 4 may develop gum disease*. This is of particular concern as it can also increase the chances of secondary health problems such as kidney disease, heart disease, and liver disease, as well as the suffering and pain that can be caused by loose and infected teeth. Arranging a dental check with your veterinarian once a year is the best way to prevent your dog from developing early problems, whilst also maintaining your pet’s overall good health


 Common pet dental problems

Some animals, don’t show their weakness outwardly in nature, so they will keep on eating for survival until their teeth are too loose or infected to feed. Here are key signs that your pet is suffering from a dental problem:

  1. Toothache
  2. Bad smell
  3. Building up of Tartar and calculi
  4. Periodontal disease
  5. Loose or infected teeth

 What you should expect when taking your pet for a dental check

  1. General anesthesia and vital signs monitoring is administered to ensure the pet remains safe throughout

  2. A thorough oral examination is carried out

  3. The teeth are thoroughly cleaned

  4. Tartar is removed by an ultrasonic scaler

  5. The teeth are then polished with pet-appropriate toothpaste  

 Why do we use General Anaesthesia (GA) for dental procedures?

While the teeth are being examined, cleaned and polished animals can’t control their instinct to move. The veterinarian may risk harming the pet. GA is used to prevent this. It allows the veterinarian to perform the examination and procedure without causing stress, or risking your pets’ safety. When conducting x-rays, GA allows for better imaging and better medical dental advice.

Save money on your dental bill with the Pet Health Club. You’ll receive 15% discount off dentistry throughout the year with a consultant veterinarian. Find out more here.

How to care for your pet’s teeth at home

As a responsible pet owner, daily brushing is important for good dental health. Be patient and gentle. Sometimes your pet may not like the feel of the brush or they may become impatient. Don’t worry! You can at least finish half of the mouth and clean the rest the day later. After time, your pet will become used to tooth brushing. It’s good to start the brushing habit when the pet is young. Only pet-specific toothbrushes and supplies should be used. Human toothbrushes and toothpaste aren’t appropriate. If you’re unsure, speak to one of our veterinarians today.

Find out more about COHAT (Comprehensive Oral Health Assessment and Treatment)!

*source :  Animal Planet