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We all know the importance of looking after our own teeth but then often forget about caring for our pets teeth. Proactive dental care plays an essential part in keeping your pet healthy and will help prevent that unwanted smelly breath as your pet ages.
By introducing a dental hygiene routine and feeding a suitable diet you can help prevent dental disease. There are specific animal toothpastes- either fish or poultry flavoured. Human toothpaste should never be used as this can lead to problems with fluoride toxicity.
If introduced at an early age many pets will tolerate tooth brushing well. Finger brushes can be used at first progressing to tooth brushes once your pet is more accustomed to the routine.
Starting a dental care plan can be daunting - will your pet let you look at their teeth, let alone brush them! To help, we offer free nurse clinics at some of our surgeries where you can be shown how to introduce tooth brushing as part of your daily routine. We also stock a wide range of toothbrushes, toothpaste and dental foods. The benefits of regular tooth brushing can be seen in these two images at the bottom of the page.
Prevention is always better than a cure but if your pet is already showing signs of dental disease they may require their teeth to be cleaned by a vet under general anaesthesia. Signs of dental disease include plaque and tartar formation which causes discoloration of teeth, red or swollen gums (gingivitis), difficulty eating and chewing, loose teeth, smelly breath and long term disease due to weight loss.
Members of our Pet Health Club receive 10% off dentistry as well as 10% off all items purchased from the shop, including toothbrushes and paste, plus cost price food. In addition to the standard 10% discount, PHC Platinum Members also receive a further £25 a year towards dental treatment.
To book a free nurse dental check up or to sign up to the Pet Health Club please call your local surgery.
* price does not include any extractions or medications which your pet is sent home with.
Fig. 1: An 11yr 9 month old dog who has had regular tooth brushing which has kept the mature adult teeth plaque, and hence, tartar and gingivitis free.
Fig. 2: A 14 ½ year olds teeth which have not been regularly cleaned and there is significant build up of tartar on most of the teeth and accompanying gingivitis (gum inflammation) which can be painful and can lead to gum erosion and tooth root exposure.