Eighty percent of dogs over the age of three suffer from some form of dental disease. That's a lot of pets with painful or smelly mouths! And if your fluffy companion hasn't seen the dentist in the last year or two, chances are that they might be one of them.
Imagine how your teeth would feel if you didn’t brush for a few days. Well, for pets who can’t brush their own teeth, this feeling gets worse and worse. All that food, bacteria and plaque solidifies to form tartar which allows the gums to get infected.
Infected gums become red, painful and may even bleed. Eventually, the infection spreads to the structures that hold the teeth in place causing weak or loose teeth. The infection isn’t just restricted to the mouth; all that bacteria can work its way into the bloodstream which can then spread to areas such as the heart and kidney, causing even more serious health problems!
At Eltham Veterinary Practice we see many pets with dental disease, even young pets. We can discuss home dental care, but if left untreated, eventually the teeth will need to come out to relieve pain.
If you’re concerned about your pets dental health or you notice bad breath, tartar, drooling or eating difficulties, please give our friendly team a call to book a physical examination in the comfort of your own home with our veterinary house call service. Our veterinarian will be able to let you know the current health of your pet (including their teeth!) and the best course of action to take if any intervention is required!
Call us now on 9439 0004