Pets have a longer happier life if their teeth are well looked after.
Dental pain is poorly recognised by many owners and even some vets, however the evidence speaks for itself. A healthy mouth improves the general health and wellbeing of our pets.
Untreated dental decay and infection can erode the bones of the jaw and nose. Infection can spread to heart valves causing heart failure, as well as causing liver and kidney problems. This is all preventable with good dental care.
Pets under our care have their teeth and oral health assessed at least once a year, when they come in for their booster which is part of their thorough health check. If you are part of our VIP club, your pet will have their mouth examined twice a year as well as a blood test to check their vital organs.
If your pet is admitted to the hospital for a dental assessment it will mean that the vet has seen dental abnormalities. The dental assessment is conducted under a general anaesthetic where each tooth is x-rayed for our team to diagnose any problems below the gum line. The crown of each tooth is cleaned, polished, examined and charted.
Should any further work need to be carried out, this will be booked at a time that is convenient to you and your pet.
We are able to provide fillings to preserve the useful function of your pets teeth and are finding this a popular solution for many of our clients.
As with most things, preventative care is the most effective approach to your pet’s health. For that reason we recommend the following for your pet in between visits to see us:
- Brushing your pet’s teeth – The easiest way to get your pet used to having their teeth brushed is to start the process from an early age. You should always use specialist animal toothpaste and never human products as this would be most off putting for your pet. All our vets and nurses are happy to demonstrate how to brush your pet’s teeth (including cats!) as it can be a bit of a challenge at first and it’s important to get it right from the start.
- A dry or partially dry diet – When an animal chews on a hard biscuit it will act in an abrasive way against their teeth, removing any plaque build-up (which in time leads to tartar and eventually disease).
- Dental treats – As well as removing plaque, dental treats can also prevent bad breath. Please note: overweight animals should not be given dental treats too often.
Myth-my pet is still eating therefore he can’t be in pain
Fact-pets very rarely stop eating due to dental pain
Myth-my pet is not clawing at his mouth, so he can’t be in pain or discomfort
Fact- a pet’s mouth can be in a terrible state and still not claw or paw at their mouth
Fact- often the only sign of pain is missed by owners as their pet is simply slightly more subdued, but this has often taken a while to develop so is often not noticed. Many of our clients go on to say that their pet must have been enduring a dull ache as they now realise how much happier they appear.
Signs of dental pain
- Quiet or subdued behaviour
- Pawing at the mouth
- Not eating/difficulty eating/chewing on one side of the mouth
- Keen to eat (visiting the food bowl) but then moving away from the bowl
- Excess salivation
If your current vet is unable to offer this service, we will be happy to see your pet. All you will need, is to make an appointment online to see a vet or call the practice on 0115 922 4855.