Dental Care 

Dental disease is the most common infectious disease of our pets.
Over 80% of cats and dogs over the age of 3 require dental treatment.

A build up of plaque, if not removed by brushing, will allow the formation of tartar. This allows bacteria into the gums resulting in gingivitis ( infected gums) and possible periodontitis.

Left untreated bacteria from infected gums can spread through the bloodstream to vital organs causing early deterioration and possibly resulting in an earlier death. Examples of this are bacteria spreading to the heart valves , brain, eyes and kidneys.

Thankfully most dental disease is treatable and all is preventable. Here at Weardale Vets we can advise on brushing your pets teeth and what to look for when examining their gums.

Daily Brushing

The easiest way to start brushing is at the kitten or puppy stage but by taking it slowly even older pets can come to enjoy their daily dental routine.

Please remember not to use human toothpaste. Pet toothpaste is flavoured with either malt, beef or chicken and is safe to eat. An excellent guide to brushing your pets teeth is available at 'Pet Smile Month' you can follow a link to them from our Links page.

Don't worry if your pet refuses all attempts to clean their teeth, there is still things you can do.A gel is available which will help to slow down calculus accumulation and special prescription dental diets are available containing enzymes and offering an abrasive action on the teeth.

Danger Signs

If you notice any of the following your pet may require dental treatment in the form of a teeth scale and polish and possibly extractions:-

  • Bad breath.
  • Yellow-brown crust development of plaque on the teeth near the gum line.
  • Red, swollen gums.
  • Decreased appetite or difficulty eating.
  • Loose or missing teeth.
  • Pet becoming withdrawn or depressed.

If you are unsure about the condition of your pets teeth the nurses here at Weardale Vets will check your pets teeth for free. Please ring for an appointment.

Routine Dentals

Should your pet need a routine dental this can be carried out at either of our surgeries. Although your pet will need a general anaesthetic  they will be able to return home later the same day.

Their teeth will be scaled using an ultrasonic scaler and polished following any necessary extractions. The polisher smooths the surface of the tooth, a smooth surface slows down the rate of plaque build up and therefore delays the need for the next dental. Painkillers and antibiotics will be dispensed for all those who have teeth removed.

An ideal time for us to routinely check your pets teeth is at their yearly booster appointment.

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