Vet Dentists in Appleby Magna
If you don’t look after your teeth, they could fall out – the same applies for your pet. Taking your pet to an experienced Vet Dentist for a yearly oral health check, is just as important as your own regular trips to the dentist.
When it comes to your pet’s dental health there are many similarities to yours:
- Their baby teeth will fall out.
- They should have their teeth & gums cleaned regularly at home (daily if possible).
- They should visit their dentist (well, their Vet!) every year at least.
- They will benefit from a professional de-scale and polish.
Why visit our Vet Dentists
At STAR Vets in Appleby Magna, we believe that dental health in our pets is hugely important. Dental disease is a big problem, which affects 87% of dogs and 70% of cats over the age of three years old. Our clinical team is trained to identify the earliest signs of dental problems.
Teeth are a little bit like icebergs – 60% of the dental tissue lies below the gum line. The only way to visualise these structures is by using dental radiography. We are one of only a few practices in the area that have digital dental radiography equipment, which helps us ensure that we are providing gold standard dental care for your pets.
Professional dental equipment & care
We also have a wide range of dental equipment that allows us to clean, de-scale and even remove teeth if necessary. You can therefore rest assured that your pet’s pearly whites are in the very best hands at our practice.
Dental check-ups & home care
The best way to ensure your companion’s teeth and gums are healthy is to have them examined by a Pet Dentist i.e. your Vet, once a year. This can typically be done at your pet’s annual vaccination and check-up. If you have any concerns, you can always book a dental appointment with our team.
As well as providing your pet with the professional dental care they need, our team can also offer you advice and show you how to care for your pet’s teeth & gums at home.
Spotting pet dental problems at home
It is estimated that one in three pets will experience some form of dental problem during their lifetime. As a responsible pet owner, it’s your job to ensure that any dental problems are identified and treated as quickly as possible. However, pets can be good at hiding the fact they are in discomfort.
There is one immediate way to tell if there is an issue… get up close and smell the dreaded ‘pet breath’. Most owners are dismissive when their pet has bad breath. However, according to Vet Dentists, this is one of the most common symptoms of a dental health problem.
How dental (periodontal) disease develops:
- 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.
- Untreated tartar will invite other bacteria, which can cause the gums to become inflamed, the teeth to become loose and in extreme cases, lost altogether.
- Severe periodontal disease can also lead to secondary infections in other parts of the body, including the heart, kidneys, and lungs.
Caring for your pet’s teeth at home
In between visits to the Vet Dentist, there are some ways in which you can look after your pet’s mouth too. These include:
- Cleaning your pet’s teeth at home – 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 as dental chews can contain more than a few calories.
Why not book a dental appointment with one of our nursing team, who will be happy to help you get to grips with pet dental care at home.