Every animal deserves a comfortable mouth
Around 75% of dogs and cats have some form of dental disease by the age of 3 years.
The majority of pets will show few signs of having a painful mouth so regular check ups are important.
There are 3 main types of dental problem that will require treatment:
Periodontal (Gum) Disease
This happens as a result of plaque and bacteria accumulating in the mouth. Gingivitis results (inflammation of the gums) and gradually the attachments of the tooth are damaged causing it to loosen and fall out. This painful condition can also lead to systemic illness such as kidney failure.
This is commonly seen in cats (up to 70% are affected). A hole forms in the crown and in some cases the roots are affected too. These are very painful and require extraction including xrays.
Dogs and cats can fracture their teeth either through chewing on inappropriate objects or through injury. These teeth normally require extraction but in some cases they can be referred to a specialist for repair.
What happens if your pet requires dental treatment?
If one of our team has recommended dental treatment for your pet it is important to act on this advice to prevent the condition getting worse.
- Your pet will be admitted in the morning and stay with us for the day
- Dentistry requires a full anaesthetic, a drip is included in the cost to make this as safe as possible
- All cats will have their teeth x-rayed as standard and dogs as needed
- The teeth will be cleaned and assessed and any that are not healthy will be extracted. This is often a surgical procedure in cats and dogs
We will check your pet after 2 and 10 days to make sure they are recovering well from the procedure
Until we have examined your pet’s mouth under anaesthetic we cannot predict the extent of the disease or the time required to carry out the work. We limit dentistry to 2 hour sessions to minimise the risk of a lengthy anaesthetic. If your pet requires further treatment this will be done after 4-6 weeks.
How can I prevent dental disease?
The BEST way of keeping your pet’s teeth clean is by brushing every day with a soft bristled brush and a pet toothpaste. This is the single most effective method of removing the plaque that leads to gum disease.
If you find daily brushing difficult or your pet won’t tolerate it there are other products you can use instead or in addition:
- Yucare Tooth cleaner - A microfibre finger sleeve impregnated with silver ions. Use this daily instead of brushing
- Royal Canin Dental Diet - larger kibble size and a special formulation will help reduce plaque build-up
- Water additives and rinses - used in addition to brushing or diets can improve oral hygiene
- Chews - daily use of chews such as VeggieDent helps keep teeth clean and promote gum health
Following dental treatment your pet will be entitled to FREE check-ups with our nursing team every 6 months for life.
It is likely that your pet will need further dental treatment at some stage but good home care will reduce the frequency over their lifetime.