Dental Awareness Month – August 2017



LUCYs dogThat set of pearly whites is just as important to your cat or dog as it is to you, the pet owner.  It can be a surprise to find out that periodontal disease is hard at work even in the first 3 years of your pet’s life.

Because the mouth is warm and moist—it’s a perfect place for bacteria to set up house. Plaque very quickly builds up between the teeth and, without removal, produces tartar. The gums become red and inflamed—this is the renowned “Gingivitis”!

Without treatment, further damage occurs—gums and tooth sockets become inflamed, teeth will loosen and there may be pus. More seriously, infection can travel from the mouth as far as the heart, lungs and liver. It’s not good news ~ and your dear pet can be suffering a lot of pain. Once periodontal disease has set in the only way to clear it up is ultrasonic scaling under general anaesthetic. Click here to view our Special Dental Offer in August.

Signs to look out for:  Bad breath, reddening gum edges, lack of appetite, difficulty in chewing, yellow deposits at the top of the teeth.

Prevention:  Diet is an important factor in managing your pet’s oral health, along with Dental sticks and chew toys. You can even train your dogs to use a toothbrush.

Tobys teeth

Wee Toby (a sweet miniature Schnauzer) was kindly rescued by one of our local clients and brought in for a check-up.  The above rotten tooth extractions have seen Toby transformed into a happy, active dog who has rediscovered a healthy appetite.



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