There is nothing worse than a slobbery kiss from your cat or dog when their mouth is full of dental bacteria!
And just as you wouldn’t miss your annual dental check up and scale and polish to correct the dental disease, your pet’s dental hygiene is equally as important.
Dental Disease Signs
How do you know if your pet is suffering from poor dental health? The first sign of dental disease is usually halitosis or bad breath.
Some other common signs that may indicate something is wrong with your pets teeth, include:
- Drooling, Changes in appetite,
- Pawing at the mouth
- Dropping food or chewing on one side
- Build-up of plaque and stains on teeth
- Swollen or bleeding gums
We advocate for annual dental checks whether this be with your pet’s annual vaccination, or a specific dental consultation.
If your pet is a good chewer of dry foods and raw chicken necks, he may never need to have a dental scale and polish performed.
Expert Diet Advice
- Some bones are just too big and teeth can fracture. Cooked bones are the worst as they will lead to constipation. Some pets just don’t digest them well and regurgitate bones. In some households offering raw bones could lead to fights.
- Gold standard dental care is daily brushing: It takes a committed owner to carry this out.
- Diet management with prescription dental dry foods e.g. Royal Canin Dental and Hills t/d; dental chews such as Greenies or Oravet; and raw meaty bones.
- Water additive rinses e.g. Prozym.
- Regular scale and polish. Teeth with advanced disease generally require extraction. If the tartar starts to build and gingivitis and infection develop, this will lead to bone loss.