Bad breath can be an early sign of dental disease, which is estimated to affect at least 70% of adult dogs and cats. Dental disease starts with a build up of plaque and bacteria. These bacteria then cause gingivitis (redness of the gums) and bad breath. This causes pain to the animal and damage to the tooth roots. In addition, these bacteria can spread to other organs in the body, including the heart, kidney and the liver.

Treatment usually involves a dental scale and polish, which is carried out under general anaesthesia. During this procedure, plaque is removed and, if the disease is severe, some teeth may need to be extracted.

Regular dental checks can be done to help the vet monitor your pets teeth and advise when treatment is needed. It’s always easier to prevent dental problems than to treat them.
Preventative care can be achieved through several different ways. Regular brushing of your pet’s teeth will help to remove plaque build-up and keep your pets mouth clean and fresh. Always remember that you can only use animal products to do so as human toothpaste/mouthwash can be toxic to our furry friends and the brushes too hard for their gums.

Sick of your animals nasty breath? There are also animal only mouth washes to help freshen their breath and make their kisses that much more bearable while preventing dental disease and soothing irritated gums.

Believe it or not, diet is another excellent way to help maintain their oral hygiene. The mechanical action of chewing biscuits can help to remove plaque. The Hills prescription t/d diet is formulated to help remove plaque and is made with nutrients that help keep your pets teeth in top notch condition!

Don’t hesitate to contact us if you would like to book your pet in for a dental check or if you have any further questions about how to improve your pet’s dental hygiene.