Signs & symptoms of poor oral health
If you think your pet has any of the following signs, please book an appointment with the vet or nurse:
Taking care of your pet’s teeth
Looking after your pet’s teeth is very important. Imagine how your teeth would look if you didn’t brush them every day! Dental problems are one of the most common conditions seen in veterinary practice and are an important factor in your pet’s health.
Daily brushing of your dog’s teeth is the best way to keep your dog’s teeth and gums healthy. Brushing reduces the build up of tartar and plaque on your pet’s teeth which, in turn, will prevent the development of sore gums and tooth problems. From the first day with your pet, you can introduce the idea of having your fingers in and around the mouth. You can then progress to using a finger brush, and then a toothbrush for larger puppies.
To be shown how to start brushing your pet’s teeth please make a free appointment with one of our veterinary nurses who will advise you on the correct technique and equipment – human toothpaste is not suitable for dogs because it contains fluoride. Pet toothpaste has an enzymatic action on the plaque and tartar and has a flavour which most pets like. Like humans puppies attain two sets of teeth. The dog’s baby teeth should be replaced at around six months of age by the permanent adult teeth. When your pet is teething the gums may be sore, so gentle brushing is advisable.
Your pet’s diet is also a major factor contributing to the health of your pet’s teeth. Dry food, biscuits and especially newer diets such as Hill’s Veterinary Essentials, are much better than wet foods at removing plaque and reducing mouth problems.
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