|Vet Checks In
with Joerg Thamm
from Mount Vet Hospital
Dogs and cats will often continue to eat even when their teeth are on the verge of falling out! Dental disease is one of the most common issues seen in our vet practice.
Initially, plaque and tartar build up on teeth, which eventually result in inflammation of the gums.
If no treatment is instigated at this point, then this inflammation extends to the supporting structures of the teeth.
In addition to causing severe chronic pain, dental disease can result in bacteria entering the blood stream and affecting organs such as the heart, liver and kidneys.
Prevention of dental disease is not only better for your pets’ health, but also avoids costly dental extractions if the disease is left too long.
Brushing teeth is the most efficient way to keep your animals’ teeth and gums healthy.
There are brushes and dog/cat friendly tooth paste available from most vet clinics and pet shops.
In addition to brushing (or for those pets that do not let us near their teeth), there are other preventative methods available including; prescription dental diets, dental chews and water additives.
Raw bones may have some benefit for dental health, however, in my opinion the risks out-way the benefits.
These risks include; dental fractures, bones getting stuck in the mouth, throat and intestine, constipation, vomiting and diarrhoea.
Even with the prophylactic options above most cats and dogs require a regular scale and polish to remove the tartar that builds up over time.
Remember prevention is always better than treatment!