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Dental Care of Your Pet

By the age of three about 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have gum disease. The first thing that you might notice is that your pet  has persistent bad breath. If you notice a yellow and brown discoloration on the teeth and red, inflamed gums,  then dental disease is present. If you also notice what resembles a coating of moist and smelly concrete attached to the molar teeth, this is tartar and your pet is certainly going to be in pain.  If the tartar is not removed, pockets of pus appear along the gum line.

If your pets teeth appear discoloured or tartar is present, or if your pet has bad breath, then you will need to visit your Veterinarian to have the teeth scaled. Loose or infected teeth will need to be extracted and this procedure needs to be performed under a general anaesthetic. It is good practise to have your pets teeth checked annually and the staff at Mudgee Veterinary Hospital are always available to  advise you on preventative and corrective care.

How can dental disease in you pet be prevented? 

The simple task is to keep your pets teeth clean. Soft foods cause the biggest problem. Dry biscuits and a daily meaty bone, such as brisket  bones and knucklebones are excellent and will help to keep your pets teeth cleaner as they help to remove the plaque that is developing. There are new prescription dry biscuit diets available from your Vet. Bones should always be raw and never feed T bones, chop or fish bones. Avoid cooked bones as they tend to splinter and can puncture the gut. Raw chicken wings and necks are also good for small dogs and cats. Rawhide chews, pigs ears, dental kongs and even raw carrot sticks are good for cleaning teeth. Brushing your pets teeth is also excellent. Mudgee Vet Hospital has a range of pet tooth brushes and toothpastes available, which come in tasty flavours such as beef and chicken and contain enzymes that help breakdown plaque and kill bacteria. It takes a little while to get your pet used to having its teeth cleaned and one method is to dip your finger into vegemite and rub your finger gently over your pets teeth and gums. Your pet will like the taste and look forward to this game. When your pet is coping well with having his teeth rubbed you can introduce a finger toothbrush. Dont use human toothpaste as your pet will not like it and if swallowed can irritate the stomach. 

If your pets teeth appear discoloured  or tartar is present, or if your pet has bad breath,  then you will need to visit your Veterinarian to have the teeth checked and probably scaled. The staff at Mudgee Vet Hospital are always available to discuss and advise on any dental issues you may have with your pet.

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