Pet dental care is of paramount importance for pets, as dental disease is a very common disease for dogs and cats. Taking preventative measures with guidance from your Vet to maintain good dental hygiene will help ensure you keep your pet healthy and pain-free.
Vet Dentist – How to Keep Your Pets Teeth Healthy
We recommend regular at-home pet dental care to ensure your pet has the best chance at avoiding dental disease. Our specialist Veterinary team can recommend a range of select dental health care products, which are used in the clinic.
We can recommend the best products to suit your pet’s needs, such as pet toothpaste (never use human formulations), safe dental treats and supplements work together. We also have handy tips on how to properly clean your pet’s teeth, putting a place a regime from whilst your pet is young, so it becomes part of your routine and an easy job as they grow up. Putting these in place, with regular vet dental exams and scaling and polishing, reduces the risk of them needing dental work in the future.
Dog & Cat Dentist – Emergency Dental Extractions
In some cases, due to a variety of causes, you could face a pet dental emergency, commonly when your pet breaks their tooth on a hard object or suffers an external injury. In this case, it’s key to get them to a Vet dentist immediately to assess the level of damage and provide pain relief to your cat or dog.
A Vet dentist can in some cases determine whether a dental extraction is needed by a physical exam alone, where there are obvious signs of damage such as fractures, abscesses, cavities or lesions. However, they may need a dental x-ray or CT scan to assess any concerns about hidden injuries to the teeth. Teeth are extracted surgically and performed under anaesthetic with IV fluids where appropriate. We provide pain relief by giving a dental nerve block before the procedure, followed up with appropriate pain relief during recovery.
During the early recovery stages, we will advise on the best way to care for your pet and help them feel as comfortable as possible, including feeding soft foods and the avoidance of hard chew toys.
Pet owners report back that their pet appears significantly happier after having emergency pet dental care, which reflects the underlying pain playing a big part in how they feel. If you do notice any changes in your dog or cat’s temperament eating and drinking habits, it’s important to visit your vets as soon as you can to have an examination for your peace of mind.