We brush our own teeth twice a day and just like us our pets would certainly benefit from routine cleaning of their teeth, but unfortunately for most owners this is not a suitable option.
As part of your pet's annual wellness check when they get their vaccinations their teeth will be checked, if the attending Vet thinks the teeth need to be cleaned or they spot a problem we will talk to you about booking your pet in for a dental day stay.
Good dental care is essential to help ensure your pet's longevity. Periodontal disease is common in adult cats and dogs, it is preventable and treatable. Unfortunately bad breath is usually the first or only give away detected by the owner. If bad teeth are left untreated the toxins from periodontal disease can spread into the deeper tissues causing serious health issues affecting the heart, liver and kidneys.
For your pet's dental day stay we have an ultrasonic dental machine to carry out routine scaling and cleaning. We also have another machine that enables us to polish the teeth once cleaned and if needed we have the use of a drill for broken roots and sectioning teeth for ease of extraction.
Broken teeth, abscesses and cavities aren't usually obvious until your pet is under general anaesthetic and we can inspect their teeth properly, if any of these are found it usually means extractions are necessary. Extraction of the larger teeth such as the canine or carnassials is a very involved procedure, but we have the tools and expertise to carry this out.
Because most owners don't brush their pet's teeth most pets will require a routine scale and polish on average every 2-3 years. We can give you advice about ongoing dental care at home also.