Dental Health is as important for our pets as it is for us. 80% of pets aged over the age of 3 have dental disease. Dental disease can lead to gingivitis (inflammation in the gums), loss of teeth, kidney and heart disease. It can be extremely important with any animal that has implants (e.g. From fracture repairs, cruciate repairs, etc) as the bacteria that are leaked into the blood stream can localise around implants and cause the body to reject the implant.
Animals with dental disease may not show any overt signs that they have dental disease.
Some animals may get:
- Bad breath,
- Chew to one side more than the other,
- Change what they are willing to eat. They may avoid harder materials like bones or dry dog food.
- Have loose teeth, or teeth that fall out.
When you lift the lip of your pet, you may be surprised to see the amount of tartar and gingivitis that is present.
That is why we are offering Free Dental health checks in the Month of May.
The Australian Veterinary Association puts out some guidelines for caring for your pets mouth, which you can find here.
Contact us if you would like to know more.