Just like humans, our pets are vulnerable to gum disease and problems with their teeth. Alarmingly, 80% of dogs and 70% of cats suffer from some form of dental disease by the age of three.
Tartar appears as a yellow-brown material on the teeth and over time the bacteria in tartar causes irreversible changes to occur, such as the destruction of supportive tissues and bone and the loss of teeth. If left untreated, this bacteria can also be a source of infection for the rest of the body (such as the kidney, liver and heart) and can make your pet seriously ill.
Our hospital is fully-equipped to perform most dental procedures. We offer a range of services including tatar removal, ultrasonic scaling and polishing of the teeth, dental extractions and surgery.
What if my pet has dental disease?
Firstly, you should have your pet's teeth examined by one of our veterinarians on a regular basis and if necessary, follow up with a professional dental clean.
Your pet will need to be anaesthetised to have their teeth cleaned to avoid distressing them. Once anaesthetised, we carry out a complete dental examination. This involves evaluating the condition of all teeth, including the degree of tartar, gingivitis (gum inflammation) and any pockets in the gums around the teeth.
Our veterinarians will then remove the tartar using a special ultrasonic scaler, just like a dentist uses for our teeth. The teeth are then polished using a dental polisher and specialised fine-grade paste.
If the dental disease is not severe, the procedure will end here. However, if certain teeth are so severely affected they cannot be saved, extractions will be necessary. In some cases, gum surgery is required to close the holes left behind when a tooth is extracted, and dissolvable stitches are used for this procedure.
Once all dental work is completed, your pet will be given an antibiotic and an pain relief injection if needed, the anaesthetic gas is turned off, and your pet is allowed to wake up. Pets are generally able to go home on the same day.
Following a professional dental clean, a plan needs to be implemented to minimise build up of tartar again, and will depend on the severity of your pet’s dental disease. This may involve regular tooth brushing, feeding raw meaty bones and/or a special diet. It is recommended that all pets be examined 6 months after dental cleaning to determine the effectiveness of your dental care routine.