It is imperative that you look after your pet’s teeth to ensure that they lead fit and healthy lives.
Gum disease is one of the most prevalent medical conditions seen by our vets and nurses here at Grange.
It is estimated that after the age of three years old around 85% of cats and dogs have a degree of dental disease, which if left unattended can cause irreversible damage to teeth, gums and jawbones.
One of the first way of preventing the onset of gum disease is to stop the buildup of plaque and tartar on their teeth.
Plaque harbors bacteria, which can eventually lead to disease and tooth loss by infecting gum tissue and roots of teeth. Frighteningly these bacteria can flood the blood stream and cause serious damage to vital organs such as the heart, liver and kidneys.
Grange advises pet owners to clean their pet’s teeth on a daily basis to stop this buildup of plaque and tartar and to ensure its diet promotes good dental health. While soft tinned food can allow a buildup, biscuits tend to reduce this slightly. Dental chews and special dental regimes such as Pro Plan Veterinary Diet can also help prevent plaque build up.
To help promote healthy teeth Grange offer a scaling and polishing service under general anaesthetic Loose and broken teeth will also be removed during the procedure.
We at Grange Vets are here to help and if you have any concerns about your pet’s oral health please don’t hesitate to get in touch.