Thursday, August 14, 2014

August is Pet Dental Health Month

Smile with confidence during Dental Health Month

Does your dog’s breath stink? Sure, dogs are not known for their sweet-smelling breath, but we’re talking about really putrid. That could be a sign of dental disease.

You may look at your cat and dog and think ‘they’re eating OK, so they’re teeth must be fine’, but don’t be fooled. Four out of every five dogs and cats over the age of three years have some sort of dental disease which becomes more severe with age.

And if not treated early, dental disease can lead to more serious problems such as illnesses related to the heart, liver and kidney.

Bad breath and a reluctance to eat are just a couple of the signs. Others include:

  • broken teeth
  • excessive drooling
  • reluctance to play with chew toys, 
  • pawing at or rubbing the mouth, 
  • white, red or swollen gums
  • bleeding from the mouth 
  • a sudden change in behaviour. 

However it is possible your pet has dental disease and not showing any signs so it is always best to get them checked by a vet at least once a year, just as you get your teeth checked annually by a dentist.

Vets also recommend regular tooth brushing. Tooth brushing is safer and more effective than chewing and many dogs and cats can be trained to enjoy having their teeth brushed, especially if started when they’re young. Don’t use human tooth brushes or paste – ask your vet about the right equipment.

August is Pet Dental Health Month, so it is the ideal time to make an appointment for your pet to have a dental. Bear in mind they will need to have a general anaesthetic so the vet can check their mouths thoroughly.

To help your pooches and kittens chompers be in top condition, our Veterinary Hospitals are offering free dental health checks during the month of August for cats and dogs under seven years old.

To make an appointment for your free dental health check, visit our website for your closest Veterinary Hospital: http://www.rspcansw.org.au/our-work/vet-services

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