If you don’t look after your teeth, they could fall out –the same applies for your companion
When it comes to your pet’s teeth they’re very similar to yours. In fact, their baby teeth will fall out, they should have their teeth and gums cleaned regularly and twice a year, they should visit their dentist (well, their vet!)
It is estimated that one in three pets will experience some form of dental problem during their lifetime. Many even have evidence of dental disease by the age of 3! It is therefore your job to ensure that, if this should ever happen to your pet, that the problem is identified and treated as quickly as possible. However, pets can be good at hiding the fact that they are in discomfort. It is for that reason there is often only one way to tell if your pet has a dental issue…being exposed to the dreaded ‘pet breath’.
Most owners are dismissive when their pet has bad breath. However, this is one of the most common symptoms of a dental problem. When the teeth are not cleaned regularly, plaque will begin to build up on them. This will then develop into brown/yellow tartar, accompanied by bad breath. Finally, tartar will invite other bacteria which can cause the gums to become inflamed, the teeth to become loose and in extreme cases, lost altogether.
The best way to ensure your companion’s teeth and gums are healthy is to have them examined by a vet once a year. This is typically a quick and simple check your vet will carry out when you bring your pet for their annual check-up. However, in between visits to the vet there are some ways in which you can look after your pet’s mouth too. These include:
Cleaning your pet’s teeth –this is easier if started at an early age. However, meaty toothpaste often persuades even the most stubborn pets to open wide.
A dry/partially dry diet –hard biscuits act in an abrasive manner when they are chewed, removing plaque from your pet’s teeth.
Dental treats –Specialist dental chews can be bought for cats, dogs and rabbits to help keep teeth and gums healthy and bad breath at bay. Be mindful if your companion is a little overweight however. Just like tasty treats for humans, dental chews come with their fair share of calories.
At STAR Vet Clinic our vet Emma is trained to identify the earliest signs of dental problems. Additionally, we have a wide range of equipment which allows us to clean, de-scale and even remove teeth if necessary. You can therefore rest assured your pet’s pearly whites are in the very best hands at our practice.
If you would like more information about animal dental health, or to book an appointment for your pet at our practice, please contact our friendly team by calling 01530 270170
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