Dental problems are often overlooked, but they are amongst the most common health problems of dogs and cats.
When dental disease progresses, it is not only painful but it can also affect the health of your pet. Bacteria can travel from the mouth to the heart, kidneys, and other vital organs. Oral hygiene is therefore very important for both the welfare and the health of our beloved animals.
Pets can be very good at hiding how uncomfortable dental disease is for them, but in many cases once it is treated we notice a significant improvement in their quality of life.
When dental disease progresses to a certain stage, it usually requires a dental operation under general anaesthesia in order to be treated.
This may include tooth extractions and additional medication to continue at home. If your veterinarian assesses your dog or cat to be healthy enough to undergo a general anaesthetic, then this procedure can be very beneficial.
So what can you do at home to prevent dental disease? One of the best things you can do is brush your pet’s teeth daily with a dog or cat toothpaste.
This is something that puppies and kittens can get used to very easily with appropriate training, but many adult cats and dogs also tolerate it very well.
In addition, there are a number of dental chews, toys and other products that can help.