Visit our Vet Dentists in Molesey
Just like people, pets need to have their teeth cleaned regularly to protect their oral health. Poor dental hygiene can lead to all kinds of pain and problems in pets. At Molesey Vets, we have a comprehensive range of dental equipment on-site that allows our Vet Dentists to clean, de-scale and even remove teeth if necessary.
Oral health problems in pets
Did you know a staggering 80% of pets over the age of three years old have dental disease that needs treating now?
When your pet’s teeth aren’t cleaned regularly, plaque will start to build up. Plaque develops into a hard yellow/brown substance called tartar, accompanied by bad breath. Untreated tartar then invites other bacteria, which can cause gums to become inflamed, teeth to become loose and in extreme cases, lost altogether. Severe periodontal disease can also lead to secondary infections in other parts of your pet’s body, including their heart, kidneys, and lungs.
Dental problems can be very painful and will affect your pet’s quality of life. To protect their overall health and wellbeing, prevention and early treatment are key.
Spotting pet dental problems at home
Many pets will not show when they’re in pain, which is why it’s important to check their teeth and gums at home regularly for:
- Exceptionally bad breath
- A build-up of tartar
- Red, swollen, bleeding gums
- Broken or misaligned teeth
- Holes in teeth – typically in cats
- Overgrown teeth in rabbits and small furries
- Change in appetite / difficulty eating
- Resistance or aggression when you try to examine in or around the mouth
If you are concerned, book a dental appointment and we can advise on the appropriate course of treatment.
Caring for your pet’s teeth at home
Here are some recommended ways to look after your pet’s teeth & gums in between visits to one of our Molesey Vet Dentists:
- Clean your cat or dog’s teeth daily (or a few times a week at least) – best to start at an early age but never too late to try. Finger brushes are the best option for many pets, and you should only ever use pet-specific toothpaste or gel. Avoid if you think your pet may bite or scratch you (especially cats).
- A dry/partially dry diet – hard biscuits act in an abrasive manner when they are chewed, removing plaque from your pet’s teeth.
- Dental treats – specialist dental chews can be bought for cats, dogs and rabbits to help keep teeth & gums healthy and bad breath at bay – beware as some can be high in calories.
To receive pet advice and news straight to your inbox each month on topics like dental care, nutrition, weight issues and more, sign up to our free newsletters.
Save on your pet’s dental care with our Healthy Pet Club!
Get 15% OFF preventative dental treatments when you become a member of our Healthy Pet Club – learn more.