Just like humans, our pets are vulnerable to gum disease and problems with their teeth. Alarmingly, it is estimated that up to 80% of dogs and 70% of cats suffer from some form of dental disease by the age of three.

Dental disease is one of the most common diseases in cats and dogs. Not only is it painful for your pet, but it can cause secondary problems such as heart, liver and kidney disease.

Healthy teeth and gums are very important to ensure the long term health of your pet. We will check your pet's teeth at their annual check-up, but we are also happy to provide a complimentary dental check upon request. This check involves us examining the health of your pet’s teeth and determining if there are any dental problems.

Look out for these signs of dental disease

  • smelly breath
  • excessive drooling
  • changes in eating habits
  • Loose teeth
  • inflamed, red or bleeding gums
  • pawing at their mouth

If your pet shows any of these signs of dental disease please book an appointment to see one of our veterinarians. Early assessment and action can save your pet’s teeth!

How can I minimise ongoing dental disease?

Long-term control and prevention of dental disease requires regular dental care at home. The best way to begin this is to acclimatise your pet to dental care from a young age. Dental care at home may include:

Teeth Daily

Just like us brushing is the best form of dental hygiene.  Pet toothbrushes and toothpaste are available at our clinics.  Please do not use human toothpaste as they are not designed to be swallowed and may be toxic to your pet.

Teeth Friendly Chews and Toys

Using dental toys, dental chews, or teeth cleaning biscuits help to keep their teeth clean.

Dental Diets

Special dental diets are available which help reduce the accumulation of tartar.

As with most things in life when it comes to dental disease prevention is definitely better than cure. Regular and frequent attention to your pet's teeth may avoid the need for a professional dental clean under anaesthetic, and will also help to maintain your pet's overall health.

Do you know how to brush your dogs teeth?

Watch our very own Dr Karen explain how you can do this at home.