GENERAL VETERINARY SERVICES
ADVANCED VETERINARY SERVICES
Caring for Your Pet’s Teeth
Did you know that by the age of 3 years most Dogs and Cats are suffering from some degree of Dental Disease?
The brown stains you see on your pet’s teeth are due to the build up of plaque which mineralises over time and becomes hard. This is called Tartar – a leading cause of dental disease.
This hardened material can only be removed by your Vet using special dental equipment. Just like your dentist. Tartar is removed form all individual tooth surfaces as well as just beneath the gum line. As you can imagine, this is a very uncomfortable procedure so it’s performed under full anaesthesia – so your pet won’t feel a thing.
Dental disease is not just about brown teeth and smelly breath. If left untreated it can allow dangerous bacteria to enter your pet’s bloodstream potentially causing harmful damage to vital organs.
All Dental Fees include:
- A pre- anaesthesia physical examination
- Full oral examination to look for other abnormalities such as inflammation, mouth cancers and tooth decay
- Scale, clean and polish all teeth
- Pain relief – to reduce the normal discomfort your pet would feel for a few days after the procedure
What’s Not Included
If decayed or broken teeth need to be removed, additional fees apply.
Because it’s hard to examine a pet’s mouth fully while they are fully awake, it’s often difficult to provide an accurate estimation of dental fees at the time of examination. However, if any further problems are discovered while your pet is asleep – we will call and advise you of these changes.
As with any procedure that requires full anaesthesia we recommend a pre – anaesthetic blood test to alert us to any underlying conditions that could could compromise your pet’s safety under anaesthesia.
Intra – Operative Fluid therapy is also recommended particularly for older or medically compromised pets.
How often should my Pet Have a Dental Scale and Polish?
Pet’s teeth are as individual as our own. Some have naturally good oral health and others may be prone to dental disease even from an early age. Contributing factors to a healthy mouth include:
- Your pet’s diet – quality of food to provide all essential ingredients for healthy teeth and gums
- Healthy chewing activities – Is your pet provided with products that naturally discourage accumulation of plaque and tartar? e.g fresh meaty bones, chew toys, dental chews
- Regular brushing – Do you brush your pet’s teeth regularly yourself?
- Yearly Oral Health Exam by Your Vet
Depending on your pet’s individual oral health a dental scale and polish may be recommended as often as yearly to as little as every few years.
The best way to find out is to book a full dental health examination with your vet.
We can take Dental X-Rays of your pet’s teeth to evaluate your pet’s dental grade status more accurately.
Dental Radiography allows us to see hidden problems which are not visible through an oral examination alone. For example, a tooth that may appear relatively healthy above the gum line may be damaged enough below to warrant extraction. We can then perform the extraction at the same time to avoid this issue becoming a problem further down the track.
Dental X-Ray Fees
Dental X-Ray fees are not expensive for the wealth of information they provide about your pet’s oral health status.