Dental Care for Your Pet

Caring for your pet’s teeth is as important as looking after your own.

Pets can’t brush their teeth and just like people, dogs and cats are at risk of dental problems that can cause pain and serious health issues.

Dental disease affects 80% of dogs and 70% of cats by the age of two*. It’s caused by a build-up of bacteria and pus that irritate the gums and loosen the teeth. The bacteria can then easily enter the bloodstream and spread to the pet’s vital organs, such as the lungs, liver, kidney and heart.

Warning signs of dental disease include:

  • bad breath

  • bleeding gums

  • a yellow brown crust on teeth

  • abnormal drooling

The good news is that most dental disease is preventable, reversible or treatable through pet dental care and regular home care.

Catching tooth problems early will help avoid severe dental disease as well as expensive and invasive treatments. You can do this by brushing your pet’s teeth regularly, feeding them a special food that works like a toothbrush, checking their teeth regularly and taking them in for regular check-ups with your vet.

Your Vet is your pet’s dentist. Just as people should have regular check-ups by their dentists, your pet needs dental care by your Vet every six to twelve months.

As part of our commitment to the prevention and treatment of dental disease in your pets, Wauchope Vets has invested in state of the art equipment to provide the best standard of care. This includes a dental machine which delivers human quality treatments and ensures your pet’s experience is less painful and free of trauma throughout their dental procedure, as well as dental radiographs to make sure we are getting the full picture of what is occurring below the gum line.

Your pet is counting on you for dental care to stay healthy and happy. Prevent dental disease and give yourself peace of mind that those kisses from your pet aren’t a risk to your own health or theirs, by booking them in for a dental check up with one of our experienced vets or nurses. Call us on 02 6585 1626 or book online here.

*Wiggs RB, Lobbs prize HB, Veterinary Dentistry; Principles and Practice, Philadelphia, Lippincott Raven, 1987, 187.