Did you know that 70% of dogs and cats over 3 years old have clinical dental disease? Going to a veterinary professional for early diagnosis and treatment can add years to your pet’s life.
At Kensington Vet Care, our vets and nurses understand that poor dental hygiene can not only cause symptoms such as discomfort in the mouth, halitosis or bad breath and tooth loss, but it can also cause severe disease in other parts of the body. Liver, kidney, and heart problems can also all be associated with bad teeth due to the entry of harmful bacteria into the blood stream from the mouth.
In particular, cats can suffer from erosion of the tooth enamel (feline odontoclastic resorptive lesions or FORLs) which is a condition that can be hard to spot if you’re not taking your pet to an experienced professional. If untreated, erosions in the enamel can cause severe pain.
What are the symptoms of dental disease in pets?
Some of the early signs of dental disease in your pet are halitosis (bad breath), gingivitis (inflamed, red gums) and also the build-up of tartar on the teeth.
If you leave the early signs of dental disease untreated, the symptoms can then progress to gum recession and the loss of bone around the tooth. Eventually, this can lead to the loss of the tooth itself, which is why it is so important to have dog and cat teeth cleaning for your furry friend.
If you recognise any of these symptoms, you should contact the practice immediately for a health check-up and dedicated treatment plan.
How do you treat dental disease?
We are experienced in the diagnosis and management of dente-oral disease in cats and dogs and use modern and hygienic dental equipment, just like any human dentist has. This means we are able to perform everything from a scale and polish to the surgical extraction of large teeth.
At Kensington Vet Care, we also offer a free dental check for your four-legged friends so make sure to make an appointment with one of our amazing pet dentists!
Book an appointment online now! Or if you would like more information on dog and cat dentistry, get in touch with us today.