Dentistry and Dental Care
I think we all know that our pets have teeth – they’re the things that let your dog destroy your plants and your cat carry the frog in from outside for your pleasure! As in humans, the health of their teeth and gums has a large impact on their overall health and quality of life. It is now well documented that proper dental care can add 2-4 years to your pet’s life.
Imagine how your mouth would feel and taste (and smell!) if you didn’t clean your teeth regularly. Imagine having a really bad toothache and not being able to tell anyone about it. Our pets feel pain just like we do, but are not always very good at telling us when they are uncomfortable or sore. When they wake up in the morning they just get on with their lives as best they can with their sore mouth.
In most cases, owners are unaware that there is a problem, not because they don’t care about their pets, but because these problems are hidden away in the mouth. Most animals will continue to eat despite advanced disease. Can you imagine how bad dental disease would have to get to make you stop eating for more than a day? Your pet eats because it is hungry, so it will continue to eat despite the pain
Bad breath and subtle behavioural changes (such as reduced playing) are often the only hints until the pain becomes unbearable. Drooling, dropping food and reluctance to eat or be handled around the face are more obvious signs that something is wrong. Unfortunately for our pets at this stage their disease is very severe and it may take years for such signs to develop.
You will be amazed at the appearance and smell of your pet’s mouth after a dental, and also be surprised at their new lease on life, improved demeanor, and love for food once again!
Through our vet’s post graduate training, skills and equipment we are educated and equipped to recognise and treat all forms of dental disease, including those that are frequently overlooked. We can all work together to help achieve a comfortable mouth for every pet.