It's time to focus on Dental Care!!
30th May 2018
IT'S TIME TO FOCUS ON DENTAL CARE!
Until the end of September we are offering FREE Dental Health checks in clinic and 10% off a Dental Scale & Polish. Please phone the clinic to make an appointment on 49282593. Four out of every five dogs and cats over the age of three years have some sort of dental disease which becomes more severe with age. Plaque and tartar contain a multitude of bacteria and toxins that can spread to other parts of the body. This can be a real problem for pets and owners because it can lead to more serious problems such as illnesses related to the heart, liver and kidney.
In its early stages, it’s a disease that is reversible. However, it can also go undetected for years, despite causing pain and discomfort. Clinical signs of periodontal disease include:
• bad breath
• swollen or easily bleeding gums
• broken teeth
• reluctance to eat harder foods
• pus near the gums
• tartar build up
Annual dental checks are an ideal opportunity for owners to find out if their pet has an existing problem which has gone unnoticed.
Vets also recommend regular tooth brushing. Tooth brushing is safer and more effective than chewing and many dogs and cats can be trained to enjoy having their teeth brushed, especially if started when they’re young.
Although bones are a popular treat that you may be using for dental care, they can cause problems such as broken teeth and gut obstructions. Specialised dental diets and dental chews are preferable.