Dental disease is an often overlooked threat to the comfort and health of your pet. Because dental disease often has few very noticeable signs, it is often only when your pet is having a health check at the time of its annual booster that problems are detected. Following this check, your vet may recommend a change of diet, an oral cleaning schedule or even further treatment based on your pet's needs.
Dental disease is one of the most common diseases seen by vets and many animals over the age of 2 have some degree of dental disease.
The following are some of the signs of dental disease:
- - Bad breath
- - Yellow, brown or discoloured teeth
- - Loose teeth
- - Red, inflamed gums
- - Swollen mouth, jaws or gums
- - Less playing with chew toys than normal
- - Pain when eating
It is important to have your pet checked for dental disease, as this disease can have a major impact on your pet's organs, including the heart, liver and kidneys.
Booking your pet in for a dental involves them coming in to the surgery as a day patient between 8.30 and 9.00am. They will have pre-surgery checks, and will have an anaesthetic administered before treatment begins. Depending on the severity of the case, they may have dental x-rays to see if there are any underlying problems, and then treatment to remove any loose teeth and cleaning using high-speed dental equipment will be carried out.
Once your pet has come round from the anaesthetic and made a good recovery, you will be able to take it home towards the end of the day. If there have been any complications the vet will call you to discuss the treatment plan, or make an appointment to see you when you come to collect your pet.