Your pet's dental health is one of the most overlooked and undervalued aspects of their health and well being.
Periodontal disease is the most common clinical condition occurring in adult dogs and cats, and is generally preventable. By three years of age, most dogs and cats have some evidence of periodontal disease. Unfortunately, other than bad breath, there are few signs of the disease process evident to the owner, and professional dental cleaning and periodontal therapy often comes too late to prevent extensive disease or to save teeth. As a result, dental disease is usually under-treated, and may cause multiple problems in the oral cavity and may be associated with damage to internal organs in some patients.
A dental check may highlight the need for cleaning, polishing, tooth extraction or even just a change in diet, and our hospital is fully equipped to offer the dentistry work required. Remember, your pet will look and function better and also live longer with healthy teeth and gums.
At Harewood Veterinary Hospital we have the capacity for full digital dental x-rays which are usually required to visualise disease. We are also able to do complex repairs and some orthodontics and in some patients arrange for root canals! Our goal is to prevent serious disease so dental homecare is vital for ongoing health. Tooth brushing is best however if you cannot manage that we have a number of other options which can help.