Pet Dental Health Care
Dental Health | Looking after your pets teeth
Just like us; your pets develop plaque and tartar on their teeth that causes serious health issues and bad breath.
Four out of five dogs and cats over the age of three years have some sort of dental disease which may go unnoticed by their owners.
Pets often won’t show pain. Even pets with sore gums, infected mouths and broken teeth will continue to eat so owners may not see any problems.
So how can you tell if your dog or cat has a toothache?
Your pet’s breath should not smell bad. Bad breath is a sign of infection. Gums may be red and inflamed and the teeth stained with tartar or they may have difficulty chewing food.
Annual dental health checks are an ideal opportunity for owners to find out if their pet has existing problems which have gone unnoticed. Dental health checks also help ensure bacteria and toxins from dental infections do not spread to the heart, liver and kidneys through the bloodstream.
We also recommend regular tooth brushing and many cats and dogs can be trained to enjoy having their teeth brushed, especially if you start at an early age.
Hilton Vet Hospital offers free dental health checks to help you look after your pet’s teeth. Ring us today on 9331 8375 to book your free dental health check.
What can I do at home to keep my pet’s teeth in good health?
Examine the teeth and gums every month.
Look for any bad breath, inflammation of the gums and tartar (yellow staining) on the teeth.
Gives your pet something to chew on. Not all pets tolerate bones very well, but if they do raw turkey necks work well.
Seaweed, Greenies, carrots and dental biscuits are all helpful to fight the build up of plaque.
Stay away from weight bearing bones like sheep neck, chop bones or T-bones. Never give cooked bones.
Brush the teeth. Here is a video clip that will teach you how to brush your pet’s teeth.
Specific Dental Diet – Royal Canin
There are three types of Dental Diet Biscuits from Royal Canin.
One which is made for small breed dogs (1-10kg), Dental Special is a complete diet for adult dogs with dental concerns or a tendency for dental problems. And the other for larger adult dogs with dental concerns or a tendency for dental problems. The other is for Cats who have a tendency for teeth and gum problems.