Did you know that February was Pet Dental Month? Of course, you should check your pet’s teeth all year round – but now’s a good time to refresh your knowledge about how best to keep their gnashers healthy.
And, of course, we’re on hand to help. Our vet nurses can help you master the art of teeth cleaning for your dog, cat or small furry friend, so don’t struggle alone. You can also get in touch to book a dental consultation for expert advice.
Oral hygiene is closely connected to the rest of your pet’s health and wellbeing. Unfortunately, 80% of dogs and 70% of cats will develop an oral disease by the age of 3 – but this can be helped by regular checks and other measures.
Watch out for these signs of pet dental problems
If you spot any of the following in your pet, please don’t hesitate to call us on 01604 478888 to arrange a dental check-up.
- Bad breath – especially in dogs and cats
- Redness and swelling of the gums – known as gingivitis
- Bleeding gums – you may notice this when your dog chews something, or when you brush their teeth
- Receding gums – if dental disease becomes advanced, the roots of the teeth will start to show
- Lost teeth – this could mean a worrying level of disease
Cat & Rabbit Clinic's tips for looking after your pet’s teeth
As well as booking regular check-ups and telling your vet if you’ve noticed any of the problems described above, you should also:
- Regularly brush your pet’s teeth – and if you’re not sure how, ask Katie or another of our vet nurses
- Give them chew toys – to help them naturally clean their own teeth
- Make sure they have suitable food – a good diet will help, especially choosing certain types of food over others