Dental Care at The Hampshire Vets
Most cats and dogs over the age of three have dental issues that need addressing right now.
Most people will understand how unpleasant toothache can be, but it can be worse for pets as they can’t tell us how they feel and ask for treatment. As well as causing pain, dental disease can hinder your pet’s ability to eat, drink, play, and get enrichment.
Left untreated, dental disease can lead to tooth loss and secondary infections in other areas of your pet’s body including the kidneys, heart, and lungs.
Veterinary dental care for your pet
To help keep your pet’s teeth and gums healthy for longer, our vets recommend a combination of regular home care, 6 to 12-month dental check-ups, and occasional professional intervention.
At The Hampshire Vet, our experienced veterinary surgeons have the best available equipment including dental imaging and facilities on-site to diagnose and treat a range of pet dental conditions.
A scale & polish under general anaesthetic can restore your cat or dog’s pearly whites and improve their dental health. However, some dental problems cannot be fully diagnosed until your pet is undergoing dental treatment, when our experienced vets can thoroughly examine their mouth.
Pet dental problems can go unnoticed at home, especially as bad breath is often seen as ‘normal’ when in fact, it is a tell-tale sign of dental disease.
Signs of dental disease in pets:
- Smelly breath
- A build-up of tartar (solid yellow/brown substance)
- Red, swollen, bleeding gums
- Broken or misaligned teeth
- Holes in teeth – typically in cats
- Overgrown teeth in rabbits and small furry pets
- Difficulty eating/a change in appetite
- Resistance/aggression when you try to examine in or around the mouth
- A change in demeanour/behaviour
We understand that every pet is different, so our experienced veterinary nurses can offer you personalised advice and show you how to care for your pet’s teeth at home. They can also refer your pet to one of our vets should they spot any dental problems.