What if your pet needs his/her teeth cleaned?
Most cats and dogs do not have their teeth brushed regularly and will need to have their teeth cleaned at some point as they get older. Unlike us our pets diet contains less sugar so cavities are slower to form. In addition, a good quality dry food like Hills or Royal Canin, keep teeth healthy for longer. We do not recommend commonly advertised dental treats – they are of questionable efficacy and often contribute to obesity.
However regardless of diet over time plaque and tartar will eventually start to build up. This leads to smelly breath and gingivitis- inflammation of the gums. If not dealt with promptly gums will recede exposing the tooth roots which leads to decay and pain.
Drooling, smelly breath and chattering teeth are some of the signs that your pet may require dental treatment.
Once plaque and tartar build up we will clean the teeth, ideally before decay takes place. We use the same ultrasonic descaling machine and polisher as the human dentist uses. However in a vet clinic our patients will have a require a short general anaesthetic while getting dental work. This is for two reasons:
- We need to place a tube in their throat to protect it- to ensure none of the bacteria in the mouth gets in there.
- Our furry patients don’t lie back in a chair with their mouth open!
If your pet needs extractions our vet will most likely want to send them home with medication. We will always check after a few days to ensure everything is healing- this post dental check up is included in the cost of the procedure. Soft food may be needed for up to 10 days following extractions. However most commonly we find that pets eat their usual food very quickly and are much happier following dental treatment.
Once we have had an opportunity to examine your pet’s mouth we are happy to quote you for dental treatment for your pet.