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Dog Dental Care
Dental disease is one of the more common problems we see, and much of the dental work we perform could have been prevented by early attention to preventative dental care. We supply a range of helpful dental health products, from brushes & fish/chicken toothpaste to dental cleaning food. Please ask us for advice….
What should I look out for?
• Temporary teeth - In young animals sometimes fail to fall out by 6-7 months of age, resulting in misalignment of the permanent teeth. They can also create pockets in the gum in which food accumulates, leading to gum infection. Temporary teeth can be removed (under anaesthesia) if they cause a problem.
• Abnormal jaw development - This can lead to irregular growth of teeth.
• Gum disease - This is largely preventable with routine care. As with humans, the crux of good dental hygiene lies in the daily removal of plaque.
• Plaque - This is made up of bacteria and food debris and builds up on the teeth throughout the day. If the plaque is left it becomes hard tartar/calculus which damages the gum. The gum is then pushed back and exposes the roots of the teeth. Eventually the teeth come loose and can fall out or have to be removed. This process leads to infection of the surrounding gum and bone, causing pain, bad breath and problems eating.
Dental disease can be a source of bacteria and toxins which travel via the blood to other parts of the body, including the heart and kidneys.
To prevent any of this we would suggest brushing your pet’s teeth.
• Start young so that brushing becomes part of your normal daily routine.
• Spend a few moments every day touching in and around your pet’s mouth. Progress to rubbing the outside surfaces of the teeth with your finger. Next, cover your finger with a damp cloth and rub the teeth. Once your pet is comfortable with this, move onto a finger brush and then to a toothbrush with pet toothpaste (not human toothpaste!).
• Monitor young pets for abnormal development of teeth and jaw bones
• Brush daily to maintain good oral health
• Start brushing at an early age to customise your puppy to the procedure
• Use toothpaste developed for kittens and cats, never use human conventional toothpaste
Treatment of sick and injured animals is obviously a very important part of our work, but we are great believers in preventative medicine.
We supply both Logic Oral Gel and Enzymatic dog toothpaste, as well as Vet Aquadent, which many find particularly helpful in fighting plaque.
• Don’t rush it. Remember - Take your time and allow him/her to get used to each step of the process.
• End on a high by praising your pet when you have cleaned his/her teeth.
• Daily brushing with a toothbrush and toothpaste (never use conventional human toothpaste).
• Good quality dental chews.
Regular preventative care for a healthy mouth.
Our Healthcare nurses would be happy to advise you on our routine dental hygiene plans, and to demonstrate the use of toothpaste and other oral hygiene products.