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 Veterinary Surgery.
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 harbours bacteria, which can eventually lead to disease and tooth loss by infecting gum tissue and roots of teeth. These bacteria can flood the blood stream and cause serious damage to vital organs such as the heart, liver and kidneys.
Grange Vets advises pet owners to clean their pet’s teeth on a daily basis to stop this buildup of plaque and tartar and to ensure his/her diet promotes good dental health. While soft tinned food can allow a buildup, biscuits tend to reduce this slightly. Dental chews and some veterinary dental diets can also help prevent plaque build up.
To help promote healthy teeth Grange Vets 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.