Don’t skip out on pet dental care

GIVE US A GRIN: Want your pet to have a winning smile, as well as be free of pain while eating and picking up toys in their mouth? Maintaining dental health is key.

GIVE US A GRIN: Want your pet to have a winning smile, as well as be free of pain while eating and picking up toys in their mouth? Maintaining dental health is key.

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Just like humans, pets need to have their teeth checked.

If owners aren’t paying attention, their pets could have broken teeth, infections, red gums, tartar build up, smelly breath and even fur trapped in and around their teeth. 

Shockingly around 85 per cent of cats and dogs have periodontal disease, according to Redland Bay vet Dr Deborah Webb. 

“The problem is that pets will still eat despite being in discomfort,” she said. 

“Many problems can go unnoticed until they become severe. 

“By then it is too late to save the teeth.”

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With every consultation at Veterinary Happiness, vets examine the teeth from front to back for any build up of plaque or red gums.

Unless the plaque is removed, it can move under the gum leading to sore gums which are swollen and puffy looking and in very bad cases may even bleed when touched.

If left untreated, the inflammation can spread to involve the deeper structures of the tooth.  This is known as periodontitis. 

Periodontitis is the inflammation of the gums, the bone supporting the tooth and the ligament that holds the tooth in place. If left, this can eventually lead to tooth loss or extraction.

Did you know: 85 per cent of cats and dogs have periodontal disease.

“Just like humans, it can also lead to abscesses and it can begin to affect pets in other ways such as heart disease and damage to the kidneys,” Dr Webb said. 

Vet Happiness knows you want your furry pal to be healthy and pain free. 

As pets can’t brush their own teeth, they encourage you to keep their teeth clean via special diets, brushing, dental treats and with regular scale and polishes at the Veterinary Happiness Clinic.

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