Dental Care for Dogs
The most commonly diagnosed disease in dogs is dental disease. Eighty-five percent of pets over the age of four have dental disease. Dental disease can be prevented by removing the sticky film called plaque before it becomes a hard dental calculus called tartar.
What types of dental care for dogs do you offer at your clinic?
We offer a few different options for dental care at our clinic. These options include oral examinations by your veterinarian, as well as dental cleanings performed as a surgery under general anaesthesia. The dental cleaning surgeries include scaling and polishing and some pets also require tooth extractions. We also sell several different dental diets and chews that can help keep your pet’s teeth clean. We also sell special toothbrushes and toothpaste made specifically for pets so that they are safe for your animal. Our staff are more than happy to recommend various products that would be suitable for your pet, and we are also happy to explain or demonstrate how to brush your pet’s teeth.
How often should you brush your dog’s teeth?
Ideally a pet’s teeth should be brushed daily as plaque can build up very quickly, just like on human teeth. Can you imagine going longer than that without brushing your teeth? If daily is not something you can do, you should brush your pet’s teeth at least three times a week.
Why is oral and dental health important?
The most common symptoms of dental diseases include bad breath, drooling, reluctance to eat or difficulty chewing, pawing at the mouth, loose teeth and bleeding from the mouth. Left untreated, dental disease can lead to abscesses, bone loss, infection, damage to organs such as the liver, kidneys, and heart. Having good oral health can help your pet live a long and happy life! Having poor dental health can seriously impact your pet’s quality of life.