Dental health in your pets and how your Mobile Vet can helpBy vetsadmin | September 24, 2021
When it comes to our furry friend’s dental health, it’s just as important as our own teeth. Our pets need their teeth to eat, play and do many other things. Regular checkups with your mobile vet are crucial to ensuring your pet’s chompers are in full health.
Dental care needs to be consistent to stop the buildup of plaque and tartar build-up.
What is tartar and plaque build-up and how does it affect my pet?
Dental plaque is a soft, sticky substance. It’s made up of food, saliva and fluid. It usually coats the teeth close to the gums or on the gums. The dental plaque often contains bacteria that can cause damage to the tooth and gums. If plaque is not removed it can harden and become tartar which is harder to remove and can cause gum diseases.
The tartar forms when minerals from your pet’s saliva are bound to the existing dental plaque. Tartar is hard and bonds to the teeth of your furry friend. If this happens it can be harder to remove and will require a proper dental clean from your mobile vet in Hawthorn and may require sedation.
Gum disease is another consequence of a lack of dental care for pets. Bacterial infections of the gums can result in a serious condition. The reason for its seriousness is that the infection doesn’t stop at the gum. The bones in the jaw, as well as the teeth in your furry friend’s mouth, can be affected. This may mean that your pet may lose the tooth or part of the tooth.
Gum issues such as this can be a symptom of other underlying issues such as serious health problems in your pets heart, liver and kidneys. If caught early, your pet can make a full recovery and be back to their regular selves very soon!
Regular checkups with your trusted mobile vet in Richmond are crucial to ensuring your pets overall health is in good shape.
How common are dental issues in pets?
Dental issues in pets are very common. According to the RSPCA dental disease is the most common issue affecting pets and their owners. Up to 80% of dogs and 70% of cats are affected by dental issues.
Untreated teeth and gums can cause your pet considerable pain and can cause infections that can lead to the loss of teeth and jaw bone loss. Your pet’s health can be affected in many different ways if left untreated so regular mobile vet appointments that check your pets dental health are a must.
What can I do at home to make sure my pets dental needs are looked after?
Your trusted mobile vet will be able to recommend certain diets that can maintain the health of your pet in a holistic manner but will also help maintain your pets dental health. It’s always recommended to seek recommendations from your pets veterinary team in regards to diets and makes sure it’s right for them.
Your vet will also recommend a dental care regimen that may involve regular toothbrushing. It is very important to note that toothpaste for humans is not recommended for pets.
Cleaning your pet’s teeth is best started in young animals so they get used to the sensation of having their teeth brushed. Seek advice from your mobile vet if it’s right for your pet and how to start the process.
There are also toys and chews that you can give your dog that can help reduce the build-up of plaque and tartar. It does not prevent the plaque from forming, however. You can get some recommendations for the best type of toys for your pets from your vet.
There are also certain antibacterial products your vet can recommend for you such as gels and mouthwashes.
However, it’s crucial that your pet gets regular checkups from your vets for a professional consultation and clean.
How does a mobile vet look after my pet’s teeth?
Your mobile vet in Melbourne will look after your furry friend’s teeth by conducting a thorough assessment of their teeth. Your vet may give some extra recommendations for your pet at this time.
If your pets require a scale and clean that is usually done under sedation for the comfort of your pet and to ensure a full examination can be performed. X-rays and other types of dental procedures at this time are usually performed if needed.
Here at Vets on Call, we take your pets dental health very seriously and it’s one of the core services we perform during checkups. We are your trusted mobile vet servicing areas around Melbourne such as Brunswick, Richmond and other suburbs in Melbourne. Give us a call today on 1800 838 748 or simply download our app on your App Store. We can provide peace of mind about your pets dental health in the comfort of your own home.