We advise that your pet receives a professional check-up at least once a year so that their teeth and gums can be examined. Animals don’t always show obvious signs of pain and so cannot always tell us about any problems they may be having with their mouths, such as tartar development, gum inflammation and tooth infections.
We have a dedicated Dental Suite within the practice, allowing us to perform thorough cleaning of teeth and extractions where required.
Some signs of dental disease in pets are:
Changes in appetite
Not eating / difficulty eating / chewing on one side of the mouth or dropping food
Excessive drooling /salivation
Pawing at mouth
Dirty / stained teeth
Inflamed or bleeding gums
Quiet or subdued behaviour
If your pet demonstrates any of the above symptoms, book an appointment to see one of our team as soon as possible. Our Vets and Nurses are always happy to give advice when it comes to your pet’s dental hygiene, and as with most things, preventative care is the most effective approach.
Rabbits – It is not just cats and dogs that require regular dental care, it is also important in rabbits and other small animals. As there is a link between diet and dental disease in small herbivores, it is essential to ensure that most of their diet is made up of good-quality hay / fibre. We advise regular dental checks (this can often be done during annual health checks and vaccinations) and have specialist dental equipment for treatment of these patients.