Dental disease is one of the most common diseases in cats and dogs seen at Adelaide Plains Veterinary Surgery. Not only is dental disease painful for your pet, but the increased bacteria in their mouth can be associated with other conditions such as kidney disease, heart disease and liver disease. As many as eight in ten pets have dental disease!
How do I know if my pet has dental disease?
Watch out for:
- smelly breath
- drooling or dropping food from their mouth
- a loss of appetite
- weight loss
What does dentistry involve at Adelaide Plains Veterinary Surgery?
Our patients can rest easy knowing that we have their dental health as a top priority! We have invested in a state of the art dental X-ray machine so that we can see exactly what’s going on in your pet’s mouth.
We can’t ask your pet to “open wide” – so dogs and cats with dental disease need a general anaesthetic to allow us to assess their teeth and clean thoroughly under the gum line. Severely diseased teeth are potentially very painful so we usually remove them to prevent future problems.
We offer complimentary dental health checks bi-annually to all patients that have had a dental procedure performed by us.
Just like in humans, we need to continue to monitor your pet’s oral health regularly, which is why we offer complimentary bi-annual health checks following any dental procedure performed at the surgery.
At Adelaide Plains Veterinary Surgery, we consider the gold standard of dental health care to be daily brushing of your pet’s teeth using a pet friendly tooth brush and paste after your pet eats a meal.
We understand daily brushing may not be possible or practical for you so the below are alternatives that you should consider.
- Commencing your pet on a prescription dental diet called “Hills T/D”. This diet works like a toothbrush to protect against gingivitis and fight bacteria in your pet’s mouth.
- Using a additive in your pet’s food or water. For water use “Aquadent” or food “Plaqueoff”
To book your pet in for a dental health check call us today. (08) 8520 3600