Does your pets breath smell bad , Flip up a lip and have a good look at the teeth are they brown?, especially where the gum margin meets the teeth , do the gums look red or maybe swollen ? is there any mucoid discharge at round the mouth? does your pet chew bones or large biscuits well or leave them alone as their gums are too tender? These are all signs of dental problems that should be attended to soon, as once gum disease has reached a certain point this can not be reversed well and will become a battle for the rest of your animals life. This is not only a financial drain but affects your animal’s health status as chronic infection bombards kidney and liver with toxins daily and kills off certain percentages of these organs causing irreversible damage, leading to earlier geriatric demise .
As a veterinarian it is my objective to diagnose and treat and reverse dental hygiene problems so as to make your pets life from middle to old age as enjoyable and disease free as possible . This may involve an anesthetic from time to time to allow dental cleaning and polishing , with very safe modern veterinary anesthetics that can be fully reversed when finished. There are many procedures available to make this important treatment safer by measuring blood pressure and blood testing prior to the anesthetic , and by using fluids while our patient is asleep, to maintain hydration and blood pressure to vital organs.I use antibiotics and pain relief after a dental cleanup to help your pet recover well.
Most pets post dental polishing require a change in eating habits to prevent the situation recurring as some animals will be back with the same problems six months later if not worked through to train your pets to chew productively and keep their teeth clean.
Chew dental biscuits (Hills T/D or Royal Canin Dental) , chew Prozym dental sticks, chew greenies (an enzymatic treat NOW ALSO FOR CATS!) , Veggiedent chews for dogs, chew bones the larger the better for both the cats and dogs, chew rawhide or pigs ears etc to get those teeth working