Caring for your pet’s teeth does much more than just help their breath. In fact, it’s importance to their overall health cannot be overstated.
Dental disease starts, as with humans, with the build up of plaque on the teeth. If left, that becomes tartar, a cement-like substance that pushes back the gums, allowing bacteria to attack the roots of the teeth, leading to infection and bone loss. A scale and polish under general anaesthetic can remove a tartar build up.
Animals cannot tell you they are in pain, except with subtle behavioural changes. It takes quite a lot of discomfort for them to stop eating, by which time the dental disease can be quite advanced.
Severe dental disease can lead to heart, liver, kidney and respiratory problems. Advanced dental disease can result in bone destruction, spontaneous fractures of the jaw and severe pain.
If you have a dog, older than 12 months of age, special biscuit diets proven to mechanically remove plaque from teeth (effectively like brushing) are available. Another option is getting a fresh marrow bone from your butcher. The bone MUST be raw (cooked bones can splinter) and large enough that your dog cannot eat it quickly or get it stuck in their mouth. A beef shoulder or hip bone, given weekly, can help keep dog’s teeth clean.
Cats are more tricky, although again, there are biscuits available to help remove the plaque.
Because poor dental hygiene can have such a detrimental affect on a a pet’s general health, Clockhouse Vets are offering FREE vet dental checks for your pets in January. A fully qualified vet will check the general health of your pet, paying special attention to their teeth and gums (normally £30). If treatment is needed, they will also be able to give you an idea of the likely cost.
For further advice or to book your dental check appointment, call Clockhouse on 01453 752555 and quote JANUARY DENTAL OFFER.