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How to look after your pets oral health

Here at PetCare, we understand the importance of keeping your pet healthy and happy and would like to take this opportunity to advise you how to look after your pets oral health.

Learn about dental care techniques and products available to keep your pet in tip top health.

It is important for owners understand that most dental disease is treatable, and certainly the vast majority of dental disease is preventable.

If you would like the opportunity to discuss your pets oral care and learn best how to maintain oral health please contact the surgery and ask to book your pet in for a ‘fresh breath check’ with our nurses. This is a complementary invitation and advise consultation.

 

Healthy Teeth

Regular brushing is the most effective way of keeping your pets mouth healthy. Signs of a healthy mouth are:

  • White teeth
  • Acceptable breath odour
  • Pink gums closely encircling each tooth

 

Unhealthy Teeth

Without sufficient dental care your pet may start to suffer from dental disease. The major signs of dental disease are:

  • Persistent bad breath
  • Red, swollen and sometimes bleeding gums
  • Reduced appetite
  • Discoloured, loose, or missing teeth

Feeding soft foods that do not provide sufficient crunch can cause the above. This leaves a sticky film on teeth known as ‘plaque’. If not removed this plaque hardens into a calculus of tartar that can dig into the gums causing inflammation. Bacteria can enter the bloodstream through a large network of blood vessels located near the gums. Recent studies have shown that the heart, liver and kidney disease can be associated with these bacteria, especially in the older pet whose body’s defences are not as good.

 

Prevention

  • Regular brushing with a pet toothpaste (not human as these can cause stomach upsets)
  • Choose a diet which helps reduce the build up of plaque. Royal Canin’s Dental Diet is specially structured to clean your pets’ teeth as they eat.
  • Regular dental checks, just as for us, are very important. We offer a FREE 6 MONTHLY DENTAL CHECK, with our nursing team. If there are signs of dental disease it may be recommended that your pet have a general anaesthetic to allow a thorough examination, cleaning and polishing of their teeth. This enables efficient cleaning around and under the gum line as well as on the surface of the tooth, which provides a smooth tooth surface and so slows down the formation of plaque.
  • Enzymatic toothpaste. This helps break down plaque with the aid of gentle brushing.
  • A variety of unique treats are available specifically shaped to aid in plaque removal.
  • Special toothbrushes designed to make brushing easier!

 

Practical Tips For Brushing

  • Choose a toothpaste and brush suitable for the size of your pet, the surgery can offer a poultry flavoured enzymatic toothpaste which is generally accepted by pets.
  • Try your pet with a little toothpaste on your finger to see if they like the taste.
  • Put a little paste onto the bristles of the brush and let your pet lick it off to get used to the feel of the bristles in their mouth.
  • Next moisten the bristles and put on some more paste. Start by brushing just the incisors and canines (front teeth only). Hold the animal’s lips up and gently move the brush in small circles along the gums and teeth.
  • If your pet tolerates this a few times, move to brushing the molar teeth along the sides of the mouth in the same circular action as the fronts.
  • There is no need to brush the insides of the teeth; your pet will move the paste to these areas with their tongue.
  • There is no need for your pet to rinse after brushing as unlike our toothpastes, animal pastes don’t foam up, don’t contain fluoride and are sticky so that they adhere to the teeth. This allows the enzymatic compounds in them to work on the teeth to kill the bacteria that cause gingivitis.
  • You will need to be very patient and approach brushing in a stepwise fashion, it may take several attempts/days to get your pet used to the first step.
  • Try not to make brushing a chore for you or your pet, praise them afterwards and allow plenty of time for training sessions.
  • Remember that brushing is most effective when done daily but this is not always practical, so see our dental products guide for products that you can use on the days when you can not brush or if you can’t brush at all.

 

 

DENTAL CARE PRODUCTS

Finger toothbrushes

These can be used as a training aid or and an alternative to a toothbrush if your pet will not tolerate brushing.

Logic Gel

This is a gel that is applied to the gums or the paws so that the animal licks it off. It’s based on a multi enzyme complex that inhibits the bacteria responsible for plaque. It is not as effective as brushing but it can help.

Dent Rasks and Denta Stix

These are chews for dogs that are shaped specially to help reduce tartar build-up on the teeth.

Royal Canin Dental Diet

When brushing is completely out of the question, DENTAL DIET with its specially formulated kibbles, is an effective substitute. Dental kibbles can act in many ways to help maintain dental health.

  • Mechanical Action
  • Chemical action on salivary calcium
  • Tougher action on plaque.

Royal Canin Oral Bars

These are nutritional supplements, which have been formulated to promote dental health. They increase the efficacy of Dental diet and can be given with any complete diet. They act on dental plaque and tartar by:

  • Mechanical action
  • Action on calcium
  • Action on bad breath

Plaque Off

ProDen Plaque Off is a patented, unique and natural preparation, suitable for both cats and dogs.It is a natural product which contains a special type of seaweed (D1070) which has been discovered to have specific beneficial effect for oral care. It comes in a granulated form, which is easily added to food every day. It is rich in iodine and contains important vitamins and minerals.

Plaque Off works systematically i.e. through the blood stream. It is thought to affect the ability of plaque to ‘stick’ to surfaces in the mouth and softens hard tarter deposits.

Keeping your pet’s teeth healthy will help to keep your pet healthy. Our team are always happy to answer any questions you have about your pet’s dental care and to help decide on a homecare plan to suit you and your pet.

Dentagen

Clinically proven to control plaque is a novel approach to plaque inhibition. Dentagena contains the active principle RF2 (surface biofilm control) which is clinically proven to control dental plaque. A unique integrated approach that is easy to use and is available in two formulations.

Dentagen Wax

Applied after a dental procedure provides protection against plaque from the moment it’s applied.

Dentagen Chews for Dogs

Highly palatable, chews that supplement the levels of the RF2 to maintain the inhibition of plaque formation. The special design and shape of the chew provides mechanical cleaning right to the gum line. These chews are available in two sizes and contain nine foil packed chews suitable for 18 days plaque control.

Dentagen water available now for cats.

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