Your pet’s yearly visits to the dentist are just as important as yours

Your pet’s yearly visits to the dentist are just as important as yours.

When it comes to your teeth you probably visit your dentist once a year. But did you know that 80% of cats, dogs and rabbits suffer some form of dental problem during their lifetime? It’s for that reason it’s just as important, if not more so, that your companion receives annual dental check-ups too.

Domestic pets are extremely susceptible to plaque build-up on their teeth. In time this leads to yellow/brown tartar and bad breath. Should bacteria then begin to build up, they can infect not only the teeth and gums, but the roots of the teeth too which can cause great discomfort.

As well as teeth falling out (this usually only happens in extreme cases), other symptoms to watch out for include your companion pawing at their mouth, being reluctant to eat and having red and/or inflamed gums.

At Treforest Vets we’re always investing in state-of-the-art equipment and technology. We’re therefore able to offer a number of dental procedures from routine scale and polish treatments (deep cleans) through to tooth extraction if necessary.

Finally, there are some great ways in which you can care for your companion’s dental health in between visits to see us. These include:

  • Feeding your pet a dry or partially dry diet – crunching hard biscuits acts in an abrasive manner to help remove any plaque build-up
  • Brushing your pet’s teeth – this is typically easier if you start when they are young. However, specialist meaty toothpaste will have even the most stubborn pets opening wide
  • Offering your pet dental treats – these remove plaque and will leave your companion with fresh breath, but be careful not to offer these calorific treats too often
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