Good dental hygiene is an important part of your pet’s overall health and should not be underestimated. Dogs and cats are masters at hiding dental pain so it often leaves us as pet owners unaware that they may be suffering with a bad tooth or gum disease.
We highly recommend practising good dental hygiene with your pet at a young age. Gold standard oral care would be toothbrushing at least 3-4 times a week, or twice daily for any pet that would tolerate it! We understand that this is not always possible as older pets will not tolerate it and therefore, we would recommend you take your pet for annual health check as the vet will examine their mouths and identify whether your pet is suffering from dental disease or not. They will also give you advice on how to care for your pet’s teeth to prevent any dental problems in the future.
If you would like your pet to have their teeth cleaned, we would recommend having a pre-dental check first. This will involve the vet or vet nurse checking your pet’s heart and lungs before we go ahead with any procedure. It also allows us to have a look at your pet’s teeth and determine what may needed to be done. In cases of severe gum disease or tooth infections a course of antibiotics may be required before hand so it is vital, we see your pet for a pre-dental check.
A key point we would like everyone to be aware of is DO NOT IGNORE BAD BREATH, it could be an indicator of numerous things but it usually points towards dental issues. Ignoring your pet’s oral hygiene can cause serious health consequences in later life.
Here at Fox Veterinary Clinic, we have state-of-the-art dental equipment and our vets have been highly trained in veterinary dentistry. We will descale and polish your pet’s teeth and extractions will only be done if necessary. So, should your pet need dental attention, rest assured they are in the very best hands.