We offer dental care services to prevent and treat any dental diseases that can affect your pet's health and wellbeing.
Looking after our pet's teeth is just as important as looking after our own. If your pet's teeth aren’t kept clean, they could become covered with plaque. Plaque can give off a type of acid which eats into the surface of your pet's teeth which over time, can cause painful cavities, gum problems and might mean that your pet loses some of their teeth.
Symptoms to look out for are:
Yellow/brown coloured teeth
Red or bleeding gums
Bad breath (all the time)
Difficulty eating or not wanting to eat
Dropping from their mouth
Rubbing their face
Unlike humans, pets require general anaesthetic to enable our vets to carry out dental procedures. Dental procedures are usually limited to removing tartar and polishing (scale and polish) and extractions. Our vets will carry out a clinical assessment of the teeth and oral cavity once your pet is under anaesthesia:
They use a measuring probe to check for inflamed and bleeding gums, pockets, gum recession, holes in the teeth and fractured teeth
We have a dental radiography unit which is helpful in identifying diseased and painful teeth that were not immediately obvious when assessed with probing techniques. Subsequent treatments, based on the results of dental radiography, have let to improved patient care.
Pain relief is given at the time of dental surgery and this pain relief is often extended into the post-operative period with a short course of oral anti-inflammatory medications to be administered at home. A follow-up consultation is provided with one of our nurses 5-7 days after the procedure to ensure everything is going well.
We offer free nurse-led clinics to help you keep a close eye on your pet’s oral health and are an effective way in identifying early signs of gingivitis (gum inflammation) and dental disease. Our highly trained nurses can either implement a prevention plan with you, to reduce further problems, or arrange relevant treatment.
We recommend dental checks every 3-6 months depending on your pet and their current oral health.
If you have any questions about your pet’s teeth/oral health, please do not hesitate to get in touch. We'll be able to advise you as to the best treatment for your pet and how you can help them start to feel better!