COVID 19 UPDATE – We have started inviting clients back into the practice however in order to maintain social distancing we are allowing just 4 clients/visitors in, at any one time.  When numbers are reached, you may be offered a pager/buzzer as an alternative and asked to wait outside.  Face coverings are required and if you do not have your own, they can be purchased from us.  Do let us know if you suffer from any conditions that makes you exempt from wearing one.

We kindly request only one member of the family attends, where possible and aim to get for us at the correct time for your appointment to avoid ongoing delays.

Our standard opening hours are back to normal and can be found here

DO NOT COME TO THE SURGERY IF YOU ARE DEMONSTRATING CLINICAL SIGNS OF COVID-19! Thank you once again for your patience.

Routine Dental Care for Dogs and Cats

Dental disease is common in UK pets: studies show over 80% of dogs suffer gum disease before 3 years old. Disease starts slowly with little or no symptoms but can progress to chronic pain and even bone loss. Changes are because of bacteria in the mouth that cause plaque formation on the teeth, which initiates a chain-reaction of inflammation. Many pets will not show signs of discomfort until advanced stages: it takes a lot for most pets to not want their dinner! Certain breeds are more at risk of disease, often due to the conformation of the jaw. Cat breeds more at risk include Persians, Main Coons, Bermese and Siamese. Dog breeds more at risk include short nosed breeds like Pugs and also Greyhounds.

Signs of dental disease

  • Deposits building up on the teeth, particularly the back molars
  • Bleeding or red gums
  • Constant bad breath
  • Discoloured yellow or brown teeth
  • Missing teeth
  • Broken teeth
  • Refusing food or having difficulty eating
  • Rubbing their face
  • Dribbling
  • Weight loss

If you notice any of the above signs, book your pet a check up with their vet.

Treatment

Advanced dental disease requires scaling and polishing of the teeth and sometimes extractions depending on the seberity of the disease. We use the same equipment that human dentists use to do this! However, unlike human patients, our animals will not sit safely still for us, so they will require a general anaesthetic for this procedure.

Prevention

To avoid discomfort for your pet and the expense of anaesthetised dental treatment, prevention of dental disease is definitely best! Make daily teeth brushing part of your dog or cat’s routine: use a pet or soft children’s toothbrush and don’t use human toothpaste, instead use meat flavoured animal toothpastes. Start by just using the toothpaste on your finger and do this daily from a young age. This may seem odd to start, but most will enjoy the attention once used to it, and their meaty toothpaste treat! Even after having had dental treatment, dental disease can still return, so this is important to maintain afterwards.

Some cat and dogs, may find this more challenging so other options include mouthwashes and dental chews and foods. Our nurses also offer free dental clinics, so please call us to arrange a session for personalised, tailored advice for your pet. Do not feed your pets bones: these commonly cause teeth to break and splinters can damage their gums and throats.