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 their human counterparts their diet tends to be healthier and therefore 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 find commonly advertised dental treats to be particularly helpful and often these treats contribute to obesity.
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 gums will recede exposing the tooth roots and leading to decay and pain.
Drooling, smelly breath and chattering teeth are some of the signs that your pet may need a dental.
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 short general anaesthetic while getting their teeth cleaned. 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 the 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 look in your pets mouth we are happy to quote you for a dental for your pet.