Pet Dental Services
Dental care for cats and dogs is a rapidly growing area of veterinary medicine. At Kedron Veterinary Clinic in Brisbane, we recognise how important dental care can be. Over the past 25 years, we have seen a greater awareness of the significance of pet dental care to the overall health of the animals we treat.
Why is Pet Dental Care Important?
Just like humans, our pets’ teeth need looking after too. The health of their teeth and gums has a significant impact on their overall quality of life. Imagine how your mouth would feel, and smell, if you never brushed your teeth.
Poor dental care can lead to dental disease – a build-up of bacteria in your pet’s mouth. Without proper preventive or therapeutic dental care, plaque and tartar build-up affects the tissues and the structures supporting the teeth. This can cause oral pain, tooth loss and even heart or kidney problems.
Does My Pet Have Dental Disease?
Common signs of dental disease, in order of severity, include:
- Yellow-brown tartar around the gum line
- Inflamed, red gums
- Bad breath
- Change in eating or chewing habits (especially in cats)
- Pawing at the face or mouth
- Excessive drooling
- Pain or bleeding when you touch the gums or mouth
If your pet is showing any of these signs of dental disease, please book an appointment to see one of our vets. Early action can save your pet’s teeth.
Our Pet Dental Services
Check-up and Assessment
At Kedron Veterinary Clinic, our veterinarians will start by assessing your pet’s teeth and gums. If your pet has dental disease, the degree will be assessed to determine if extractions, antibiotics and anti-inflammatory drugs are required.
The assessment may also include a physical exam, blood tests, and urine tests to ensure your pet is healthy prior to having an anaesthetic for dental cleaning.
Comprehensive Dental Cleaning
Comprehensive dental cleaning for pets is the same as a scale and polish for humans. However, unlike us, our pets won’t sit still or open their mouth to allow a comprehensive cleaning of their teeth, which is why they will need to have a general anaesthetic. Once anaesthetised, we can give the teeth a thorough cleaning using our specialised dental equipment.
Pet Dental Home Care
After the dental cleaning, our vets may discuss dental aftercare with you. Long-term control and prevention of dental disease requires regular home care. The best way to begin this is to accustom your pet from an early age.
Dental home care may include:
- Brushing teeth daily – just like us! This is the best form of dental hygiene. Pet toothbrushes and toothpaste are now available. Please do not use human toothpaste formulas on your pet as they are not designed to be swallowed and may be toxic.
- Feed pets raw meaty bones or special dental diets. This can help to reduce the accumulation of tartar.
- Use dental toys, enzymatic chews, or teeth cleaning biscuits, all of which may help keep the teeth clean.
- Regular and frequent attention to your pet’s teeth may avoid the need for a professional dental clean under anaesthetic, and will also improve your pet’s overall health.
If you have any questions about dental care or professional cleaning please do not hesitate to contact us today.