Free Pet Dental Care Swindon
Pet Dental Care for Dogs, Cats & Rabbits
Eastcott Vets is a centre of excellence for pet dental care and oral treatments in the UK
Cat & Dog Dentistry
Unlike us, cats and dogs don't always show signs of dental concerns or diseases, even when in pain, cats and dogs can still continue to eat unabated, meaning pet owners miss the tell-tale signs. Fortunately, there are some signs that you can look- out for to stay on top of your pet's dental care and hygiene;
- Bad breath (halitosis)
- Tartar on teeth
- Red of inflamed gums
- Discoloured teeth
- Loss of teeth, bleeding from mouth
- Chewing strangely, dropping food when eating
- Swelling around mouth.
How to prevent:
The best way to maintain healthy teeth is to brush your pet's teeth daily. This is easiest to start when your pets are younger but can be introduced at any age. The team would be happy to help with advice on introducing this to your cat or dog.
It can also be beneficial to have a scale and polish performed regularly to clean the teeth thoroughly. This is similar to the treatment we would receive from a dental hygienist. These are done under a short general anaesthetic as our patients won’t sit in one position for a prolonged period and we must ensure their safety and the team’s safety when in the vicinity of sharp teeth!
Rabbits’ teeth continue to erupt throughout their lives. This allows them to grind down course feed substances such as grass and plants in the wild. Many domestic rabbits are fed a mixture of hay and commercially available diets. Commercially available diets are lower in fibre and higher in protein, fat and energy. This means that rabbits quickly achieve their nutritional requirements, unlike in the wild when they would need to graze all day and forage to meet the same energy intake from food. This can not only lead to obesity and boredom, but it can also lead to dental disease due to lack of wear of the teeth. Less time grinding and a lower intake of indigestible fibre can lead to the formation of molar spurs, which if severe, and allowed to progress, can cause tongue and cheek lacerations. Again, there are things you can look out for that highlight pet dental issues for rabbits;
- Reduced appetite
- Reduced faecal pellets
- Runny eyes
- Hypersalivation and drooling
- Facial swelling
If you are concerned about your pet's dental health, and would like to use our pet dental care services, contact Eastcott Vets took book a pet dental clinic appointment.
Important information on Pet Dental Treatment and Pet Plan Insurance
You must make sure the following care is provided for your pet:
Your pet must have a dental examination by a vet at least once every 12 months. Any treatment recommended as a result of this examination must be carried out within 3 months of the examination taking place.
Andrew Perry examining a dog under anaesthetic with gum disease
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