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Keeping your best friend’s breath fresh

Keeping your best friend’s breath fresh
0 18 November 2015

This is Dougal, who belongs to our vet Dennis. He is not alone in suffering from dental disease, as this is a common problem affecting our pets, with nearly 80% of dogs and cats suffering to some degree. New Ennis Veterinary ClinicThe culprit of dental disease is plaque, the same problem that causes poor dental health in you or I, and the reason that we must brush our teeth twice daily.
Although brushing your pet’s teeth is the gold standard method for keeping those pearly whites nice and healthy, it is often easier said than done. We are more than happy to help assist you in learning to do this.

Dental disease is often difficult to detect in pets, as they will rarely show signs of discomfort or appetite changes. Bad breath can be an indicator that there is a problem but not many of us would consider our pet’s breath sweet smelling at the best of times! The best way to assess your pets’ dental health is to avail of our FREE dental check up clinic. We can use a special torch which will make any plaque on your pets teeth glow in the dark. We can visually examine the external surfaces of the teeth and advise you on dental care for your pet to avoid problems in the future.

1 (1)We may recommend a scale and a polish for your pet- just like a hygienists appointment with your own dentist, to thoroughly remove all plaque and tartar from your pet’s teeth. This is the procedure Dougal required, and it allowed a thorough examination of his mouth to check that he did not have any diseased teeth that were causing him discomfort. By cleaning up his teeth properly with an ultrasonic scaler, we were able to remove all the plaque and prevent disease in his teeth and gums. Please do not hesitate to book a free of charge appointment to discuss this procedure with us if you feel your pet requires this.

When it comes to your precious pet’s teeth and gums,  the saying, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” certainly applies. Below are a few recommendations to help you achieve this.

1. Brushing
As previously mentioned, brushing daily is the good standard for removing plaque and preventing dental disease. We supply dog and cat toothpaste kits which include a gentle finger brush for use on your pets’ teeth, and we can show you how to start this with your pet.

2. Food choice
Commercial dog and cat foods generally provide very little dental benefit, with soft tinned food especially being a proposed culprit in the high incidence of dental disease. We recommend a particular type of dry food, Hill’s Vet Essentials diet, which has a specific brushing action to clean teeth right down to the gumline. Watch this video below to see how this works.

3. Dental chews  If your pet is a dog, offering a fully digestible, high quality dental dog chew can help control plaque and tartar on his/her teeth. We stock ‘Goodbite’ zero calorie dental chews, which are not only good for your pet’s teeth but won’t contribute to unwanted weight gain like some other chews.

4. Perform regular mouth inspections. Your pet should allow you to open his mouth, look inside and feel around for loose teeth or unusual lumps or bumps on the tongue, under the tongue, along the gum line and on the roof of his mouth. It can be tricky sometimes though, so why not avail of our free dental check up service? Call us today on 065 67 97 444 to book an appointment at a time that suits you.

Finally, to help you keep your pet’s teeth clean and shiny, not only are we offering FREE dental check ups, but a massive 25% OFF ALL DENTAL PROCEDURES from the 24th Nov- 1st Dec. Just mention code DENT25 when booking your check up/procedure with us.

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