It’s officially August (already!), which means one thing… dental month! Sometimes it’s easy to overlook our pets’ teeth, and sometimes it’s near impossible to even have a look if we wanted to! Read on for some info on what dental health means, and what we can do for your pets.
Periodontal disease affects 4 out of 5 pets and is the most common disease in cats and dogs. Plaque is a colourless film on your pet’s teeth, and the perpetrator of bad breath and gum disease. Pets don’t brush their teeth like we do, so this plaque can cause tartar build up. The result is gingivitis, which is a swelling, redness and inflammation of the gums. If not checked, your pet can develop periodontal disease which destroys the gums and tissue that support their teeth. Dental disease is preventable and treatable in most pets.
The process of dental disease is reversible in the early stages. Allowing us to perform a comprehensive oral health assessment and treatment (COHAT) gives us the opportunity to assess your pet’s teeth and get them back into shape. If the procedure is performed whilst in the early stages of periodontal disease, it is unlikely that any teeth will need to be removed. It also gives you the opportunity to start fresh with your pet’s teeth. For more information on our dentistry services, head over to our Services page.
What can I do?
If you’re not sure whether your pet needs treatment, call us and book in a FREE dental health check with one of our nurses. We can give you a better idea of what your pet needs.
If you have any other questions regarding your pets health, please do not hesitate to contact Ark Vets on (02) 9416 1300.