Dental Cleaning Services

When we think about our pets’ health, all too often we forget about a vital part of their wellbeing – their dental care. Brushing our pets' teeth is a very important step to keeping their overall health in great shape. Some of the symptoms of poor oral care in pets include:


  • Weight loss. Infected gums and tooth pain can result in a reduced appetite and significant weight loss.
  • Bad breath due to neglected teeth and gums.
  • Dirty, stained teeth that could be harbouring bacteria.
  • Heart, kidney and liver disease which can all arise from untreated dental infections.
  • Premature death. Bad teeth and gums can actually shorten the life expectancy of your pet.

​One of the primary causes of these problems is gum disease, which develops from bacteria-harbouring plaque and tartar accumulating on your pets’ teeth. This can cause pain, bleeding gums and potential tooth loss. The bacteria can also enter the blood stream and cause damage to their internal organs, which untreated can lead to organ failure and eventually death.
Cats

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Research has shown that dental disease is the primary health concern for cats, with around 70% of felines aged over 3 experiencing some form of dental problem. Between the age of 4 and 6 months, kittens lose their baby teeth and develop their permanent ones. Once the permanent ones are present your cat should have around 30 teeth.


Some of the symptoms of dental disease in cats include:


  • Drooling
  • Bad breath
  • Decreased appetite
  • Discolored teeth
  • Blood in the saliva
  • Bleeding, red or swollen gums
  • ​​​​​​​Receding gums
  • ​​​​​​​Broken or missing teeth
  • ​​​​​​​Weight loss
  • Oral tumors
Dental prophylaxis, otherwise known as a clean and polish, is the most routine dental treatment performed on cats. It usually takes around 60 minutes and there is no need for your cat to stay with us afterwards. Whilst all dental work requires that your pet has general anesthetic, the risks are minimal and we can perform a pre-anesthetic screening test if requested or required. Once your cat is under sedation we will perform an oral examination before commencing with cleaning and polishing. If any radiographs or extractions are required then we will do them at this time.

It is vitally important for you to carry on your cat’s dental care at home. There are a variety of brushing kits available that usually include a finger brush, small pet toothbrush and special toothpaste. Never use human toothpaste on your pets’ teeth. Make brushing your cats’ teeth an integral part of their daily routine to ensure that you are providing the best preventative care to dental disease possible.
Dogs


Dog dental care is extremely important. Most adult dogs will have 42 teeth by the time they are 7 or 8 months old but many show signs of gum disease by the time they are 4 years old due to a lack of proper cleaning. Many times, different breed types can be more susceptible to dental issues because of teeth crowding and smaller mouths. Dental care and teeth brushing can be even more important in these cases.

Symptoms of poor dental or oral health can include:


  • Excessive drooling
  • Inflamed or red gums
  • Loose teeth
  • ​​​​​​​Broken or missing teeth
  • Cysts under the tongue
  • Tumours in the gum
  • ​​​​​​​Particularly bad breath
  • Blood in the saliva or drool
  • Discolored teeth
  • Swelling below the eye

As with cats, brushing your dogs’ teeth as a part of their regular daily routine can help prevent the onset of oral decay. There are plenty of canine brushing kits available, or alternatively you could use gauze wrapped around your fingers. Again, make sure you purchase special pet toothpaste as human toothpaste can make them very sick.

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