This month (March 2018) we are offering big discounts on all dental work and free dental checks with a vet to raise awareness of this serious disease and the greatest cause of hidden suffering in our pets. See the bottom of this blog for the offer details.
Dental disease is very common in dogs and cats with one quarter of our pets suffering from calculus and one fifth from gingivitis. Cats, toy breeds, short-nosed breeds and sight hounds are especially susceptible. The build-up of calculus causes inflammation of the gum line called gingivitis leading to periodontal disease which is the most common infectious disease of dogs and cats. It causes a progressive loosening of the teeth which eventually become rotten and can fall out. This can be very painful for your pet and also acts as a focus of infection in the body causing organ damage and body wide infections.
Clinical signs - Dogs and cats tolerate chronic dental pain very well and usually show no outward signs. In more severe cases you may see:
- Reduction in or loss of appetite
- Weight loss
- Difficulty swallowing
- Chewing on one side
- Going to the food bowl as though wanting to eat, taking a couple of mouthfuls and then walking away
- Excessive drooling
- Bad breath
- Chattering of the jaws
- Difficulty opening the mouth
Established dental disease:
Once tartar has built up considerably and there is severe periodontal disease the only treatment is a scale and polish under general anaesthesia and removal of any severely affected teeth. Dogs and cats cope very well when missing a few teeth or even with none at all and after they have been removed, even as quickly as the next day, are happier than before the operation. 95% of clients tell us their pet has had a new lease of life and is like a puppy or a kitten again which is wonderful to know!
In mild cases or after your pet has had a dental procedure, home care can be established to prevent further dental disease.
Dogs - Your pet’s teeth need to be cleaned every day, just like ours using special dog tooth brush and dog toothpaste. Most dogs will let you do this especially if it is done regularly from an early age. If this is not possible then chewing should be encouraged on raw bones from the natures menu range to encourage teeth cleaning. It is important to choose the right bone for your dog so book a free appointment with our nurses to discuss this. Dental sticks are only helpful if eaten very slowly. In addition to this with bad tartar we recommend plaque off, a fine powder that is sprinkled on the food which reduces bad breath by up to 63% and tartar by up to 35%. Your dog can also be fed Royal Canin dental kibble which is designed to have a brushing affect when eaten and reduce tartar.
Cats - Some cats will let you brush their teeth but most won’t! In these cases it is always good to include some kibble in your cat’s diet to help them crunch off any tartar. The best kibble for cats with dental disease is the Royal Canin dental food, which reduces tartar deposits as well as benefits to your cats skin, urinary and digestive system. In addition to this with bad tartar we also recommend plaque off as for dogs. Also it is very important to have your cat vaccinated as cat flu which is very common can cause severe dental problems and gingivitis.
Take a look at your pet’s teeth today to check for the signs! If you have any concerns with your pet’s mouth book in for your free vet check in March!
MARCH DENTAL OFFER:
Cat scale and polish only £99!
Small dog (under 20kg) scale and polish only £125
Large dog scale and polish (over 20kg) only £150
Any extractions, pain relief or antibiotics that are required will be charged in addition to this and will be estimated at your free vet check.
Amazing savings of of £80-£130!
Category: Small Animals