After seeing lots of Taihape dogs and cats recently with terrible teeth we have decided to run a “Dental Month” in July where you can bring your pets in for a FREE dental check and a FREE sample of toothpaste or dental food for those that need it.
Dental problems are in general often missed by owners and can lead to chronic pain, difficulty eating, bad breath, drooling, weight loss and even aggression.
The main forms of dental problems are gingivitis and periodontitis which are inflammation and infection of the gums and the tissues around the teeth. This is always caused by build-up of tartar and therefore bacteria on the teeth. Simply brushing your pets teeth, offering specific dental food and using certain treats like dental chews and carrots can make a huge difference.
Sometimes in severe cases the teeth and gums are so badly damaged that dogs and cats will need a “dental”. This involves an anaesthetic, an in-depth examination of your pets mouth, a full de-scale and polish to remove tartar and plaque, and the removal of any teeth that are causing problems. Recovery from a dental usually involves 5 days of soft food and then afterwards a comfortable and clean mouth.
It is important once the dental has been done to help prevent further tooth decay and tartar by keeping your pets mouths clean.
So come see us in July for your all-important dental check!
Dr Julia Henken BVMedSci BVM BVS
Taihape Veterinary Services Ltd
(06) 388 0863