Dental disease is one of the most common medical conditions seen by vets. In fact over 80% of dogs above the age of 3 years will show signs of dental disease. Dental disease has a significant impact on the quality of a pets life and can:
- increase their risk of heart disease
- cause significant pain and discomfort
- create systemic inflammation in the body and;
- can impact other organs such as the kidney and liver.
At routine check-ups and vaccinations Dr Jasmine will always check the health of your pets teeth and give recommendations for treatment. We will teach you how to recognise the signs of dental disease in your pets at home. If you are concerned that your pet has bad breath, discoloured teeth, loose teeth, red gums or oral pain we recommend you book a routine dental check-up with your vet to develop a treatment plan for your pet.
If your pet has existing dental disease your vet may recommend a scale and polish procedure to be performed under general anaesthesia to clean the teeth. Dental extractions may be required if your pets teeth have cavities, exposed roots, exposed pulp, gum recession or wobbliness. Dr Jasmine will discuss all of this prior to the procedure so you know exactly what is required to get your pets teeth back to good health.
All of us at Melba Veterinary Clinic are happy to chat with you to give you the best advice for ways to help reduce the incidence of dental disease in your pets.
We recommend tooth brushing at home, dental diets such as Hills T/d or dental chews such as Oravet or Greenies. Water additives such as Oxyfresh are useful and mouth wash solutions like Hexarinse have been proven to show benefit in reducing plaque and dental disease. Some pets may need all of these things in order to keep a healthy mouth. If your pet is prone to dental disease despite at-home treatments, we recommend a dental check-up with Dr Jasmine every 6 months to ensure we keep on top of the problem and keep your pet happy.