Jinxy had dental work and is now happier eating her food.
- Clean teeth are important to your pet’s HEALTH and WELLBEING.
- The brown stuff on your pet’s teeth is tartar. Tartar is bacteria and plaque. It can lead to painful gum disease and rotten teeth. It smells. Tartar and bad teeth can release bacteria into the bloodstream, and lead to heart and kidney disease. Cleaning your pet’s teeth under general anasethesia (scale and polish) removes tartar, and returns that pearly white doggy or pussy cat smile.
- Over 70% of DOGS and CATS over 3 years old have dental disease.
5 Signs of Dental Disease
- NO SIGN!– animals have evolved to hide their pain, so that predators don’t see them as weak. They can put up with a lot before showing their caring owners just how much pain they have.
- BAD BREATH– doggy breath is NOT normal. It is a sign of dental disease.
- RED GUMS– red, swollen gums are not normal. They are inflamed and painful.
- DISCOLOURED TEETH– Tartar can make teeth look brownish rather than white.
- CHANGE IN BEHAVIOUR– eg fussy eating, grumpy, not as active, avoiding hard food
What can you do to look after your pet’s teeth?
- Keep your pets teeth healthy at home
- DIET- feed a balanced diet that needs to be chewed, not mushy: eg chunks of meat, Royal Canin Dental, dental chews etc
- HEALTHY MOUTH/PLAQUE OFF- Healthy mouth water additive is like a mouth wash when they drink. Plaque off is a special seaweed additive that helps prevent plaque and tartar buildup.
- TOOTH BRUSHING- must be done daily for good effect- its not always practical, and will not remove existing tartar.
2. Vet dental check
- Your vet will check for gum and tooth disease, advise any veterinary treatment required, and suggest what healthy teeth programme is best for your pet.
- If your pet has tartar built up, your vet might suggest a “scale and polish” under anaesthetic, to clean the teeth. Sometimes rotten, diseased teeth are diagnosed, and they must be removed.
Why do vets need to do dental work under general anaesthetic??
While humans are able to undergo dental procedures when awake, pets usually require general anaesthesia
- Dogs and cats will not obediently “open wide” and stay still for their vet to fully examine and treat their back teeth, even with local anaesthesia.
- General anaesthesia means they won’t feel pain during the procedure. When cleaning teeth, your vet must remove the tartar built up in the deep pockets between the sensitive tooth roots and gums, and this can be quite painful. It may also be necessary to remove sore, rotten teeth- ouch! (We use lots of pain relief for afterwards too).
- Research has shown that scaling dogs and cats teeth without general anaesthesia just doesn’t work well enough to remove all the damaging tartar.