Regular dental care is crucial for maintaining your dog’s overall health and well-being.
Dental disease is a common problem in dogs, and if left untreated, it can lead to pain, infection, tooth loss, and other serious health issues. We have a range of options to maintain your dog’s dental health, and there are a number of things you can do at home, too.
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Signs of dental problems
- Bad breath
- Excessive drooling
- Discoloured or loose teeth
- Swollen or bleeding gums
- Difficulty eating or loss of appetite
- Pawing at the mouth or face
- Changes in behaviour such as aggression or a reluctance to play
If your pet is showing signs of dental problems, book an appointment to see your vet.
Schedule routine dental check-ups with your vet.
They will thoroughly examine your dog’s teeth, gums and mouth, and assess for any signs of dental disease. Early detection can prevent the progression of dental problems.
Professional dental cleanings, performed under general anaesthesia, are essential for maintaining your dog’s dental health.
These cleanings involve scaling to remove tartar and plaque buildup, polishing to smooth the tooth surfaces and thorough oral examination.
Your vet will advise you on the recommended frequency based on your dog’s individual needs.
Dental disease becomes increasingly common as dogs age. We offer senior pet wellness checks to make sure we’re doing everything we can to help your pet remain healthy as they enter their golden years.
Home dental care
- Brushing your dog’s teeth regularly is one of the most effective ways to prevent dental disease.
- Use a dog-specific toothbrush and toothpaste – never use human toothpaste as it can be toxic to dogs.
- Start gradually and make it a positive experience for your dog with lots of encouragement and rewards for good behaviour. Aim to brush their teeth at least two to three times per week.
- Offering dental chews and toys designed to promote dental health can help reduce plaque and tartar buildup.
- Feeding a high-quality diet that supports dental health is also beneficial.
- Special dental diets, formulated to reduce plaque and tartar accumulation, are available – speak to our team for dietary recommendations suitable for your dog.
- Avoid allowing your dog to chew hard objects like rocks or bones that may cause tooth fractures.
- Monitor your dog’s chewing behaviour, as excessive chewing on one side of their mouth or dropping food may indicate dental pain.
Remember, your vet is your best resource for dental care information and advice specific to your dog. Regular check-ups, proper home dental care and a well-balanced diet are essential for maintaining your dog’s dental health.
Together, we can keep your dog’s smile bright and healthy!