Our pets are like our children, they need us to look after their teeth for them.
By far the best way to achieve good oral health in your pet is to brush their teeth daily.
Did you know?
- Dogs & most cats will continue to eat despite severe dental pain
- 4 out of 5 dogs over the age of three experience gum disease
- Human toothpaste contains too much fluoride for pets
- Animal teeth are held a lot more firmly in the jaw than human teeth
- Teeth have between 1 and 3 roots
- Adult dogs have 42 teeth and adult cats 30
- Bacteria that build up in the mouth can lead to problems with the heart, liver & kidneys if not treated
- Bones & stones should never be given to dogs as they break, chip & wear down the teeth
Here are a few signs of poor oral health
- Bad breath
- Behavioural changes such as not playing, slowing down or being unsociable
- Sensitivity around the mouth
- Pawing at the mouth or rubbing their face on the floor Salivation (dribbling)
- Abnormal chewing at food or a reluctance to eat
- Plaque or red/bleeding gums
- Loose or missing teeth
Dave Cumber of Dave Cumber Vets said “Brushing is best, and even better when started young as a puppy or kitten. However, we are very aware that we can’t explain to our dear furry companions why we need to brush their teeth, so don’t get frustrated if you can’t!
We offer a range of dental services at Dave Cumber Vets to help ensure your pet is happy and healthy. Please contact us should you wish to discuss your pets oral hygiene and one of our knowledgable staff will be more than happy to advise.
Take it slow, have a go, we are always happy to help train you and your pet. The secret is to make daily brushing fun & rewarding.