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We frequently dont realise the trouble that is brewing in our pets mouths. We challenge you to 'lift the lip' and have a peek or a sniff. Look out for any smells, redness, tartar build up or your pet may be off their food or drooling.
Good dental health begins with the proper diet. Avoid giving your pet sweets and table scraps as they may increase plaque and tartar formation. We recommend you feed your pet a dry food such as Hills Science Diet t/d and Veggie Dents for a treat. They are designed to reduce plaque and tartar build-up, especially if your pet is prone to dental problems due to breed or individual genetic history.
Dogs need to have their teeth brushed in order to eliminate the dental plaque that can cause tooth decay and the formation of tartar, which can lead to gum disease. You should begin a regular, daily brushing routine when your puppy is between six and eight weeks of age. Even older dogs can be trained to accept having their teeth brushed. You simply need to introduce the activity gradually and make the experience a positive one for your pet. Reassure and praise them profusely throughout the process and reward them with a very special treat when it's finished.Brushing removes plaque but not tartar, so if your pet's teeth do have tartar, our vets will have to remove it with a professional cleaning and polishing, usually accomplished under anaesthesia.
Our vets will give your pet a thorough examination of the entire oral cavity to determine whether there are any underlying problems and, especially important, tartar build-up. Brushing removes plaque but not tartar, so if your pet's teeth do have tartar, our vets will have to remove it with a professional cleaning and polishing, usually accomplished under anaesthesia. After removing the tartar above and below the gum line, we will provide you with instructions for home care and follow-up.
The clinic is equipped with modern specialised dental equipment allowing ultrasonic scaling, polishing and extractions to be performed quickly and professionally.
With your help, your pets can have healthy teeth and gums throughout their lives.
Always remember, do your best to provide optimum dental care at home by ensuring your pet receives a proper diet and regular brushing. Also with regular dental checkups by one of our veterinarians this will help maintain teeth and gums in top condition.