Dentistry for our pets is vital for their wellbeing, comfort, and ongoing health. Did you know that over 80% of dogs and 50% of cats over the age of 3 have some form of dental disease? Animals are very good at hiding pain and injury, so while most pets will show few signs, as for us humans dental disease can be very painful. Conditions such as periodontitis; inflammation or infection of the tissue around the teeth, plaque and tartar build up, can lead to gum recession, tooth loosening and loss.
At Peninsula Vet Care all our hospitals have advanced dental equipment allowing us to remove diseased or damaged teeth, scale off the tartar and polish the teeth clean, just like your own dentist does. Pets will require a full anaesthetic to undergo a dental procedure; pre anaesthetic blood tests and fluids will help ensure this is safe for your pet. While asleep we examine every tooth thoroughly while scaling, and remove only those teeth that are causing your pet pain. We use plenty of pain relief before, during (dental nerve blocks) and after to make sure your pet is as pain free as possible. Bad breath is a common sign of dental disease in animals, so if you notice your pets breath is smelling worse then usual, give us a call and make a dental check-up appointment today!