Bad doggy breath?

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332 High Street
Victoria 3564

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03 5482 3202

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NSW 2710

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Pets are unable to brush their teeth daily, and therefore are prone to suffering from severe dental disease. This can manifest in many forms - from really smelly breath, to your pet being unwilling to eat due to severe oral pain. Dental disease can also lead to the spread of nasty bacteria throughout our pet's bodies, potentially causing severe heart and kidney disease.

Dental hygiene is difficult to maintain in our pets. There are many options available, and the suitability of each treatment option varies between cases. The gold standard treatment is daily brushing with a toothbrush and toothpaste made especially for pets. This is often difficult for owners to comply with as pets tend to resist us shoving things in their mouth! However, some pets can be trained to love getting their teeth brushed if they are introduced to it initially with a finger covered in peanut butter!!

The most common form of plaque control owners abide by is the feeding of raw bones and dental chews. However, the big issue with bone feeding is that it can cause constipation, can fracture teeth and can even cause gastro in our pets.  It is therefore very important that bones are always fed raw and fresh to minimize the risk of these complications. There are also special “dental diets” available from us, which are designed to be abrasive and physically remove plaque and tartar if fed daily.

However, in some pets, the dental disease is so severe that a general anaesthetic is required for us to scale and polish all the teeth and remove any diseased teeth if required. Pets actually recover from dental extractions exceptionally quickly, and will even be eating better than they did prior to surgery, as the source of their chronic dental pain has been removed! This is only a day procedure, and your pet will be home by the end of the day (with fresh smelling breath!)

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