Pet dental care is vitally important for your pet. Unfortunately, dental disease is very common for dogs and cats. Taking preventative measures from an early age with guidance from your vet will help maintain good dental hygiene, ensuring you keep your pet pain-free.
Keeping Your Pets Teeth Healthy
We advise regular at-home pet dental care to ensure your pet has the best chance at avoiding dental disease. Our Veterinary staff can recommend a range of select dental health care products.
We can suggest the best products to suit your pet’s needs, such as pet toothpaste (never use human formulations), safe dental treats and supplements work together. We also have handy guidelines on how to properly clean your pet’s teeth, putting a place a regime from whilst your pet is young, so it becomes part of your routine and an easy job as they grow up. Putting this in place, with regular vet dental exams, scaling and polishing, reduces the risk of them needing dental work in the future.
Emergency Dental Extractions by Vet Dentists
In some cases, due to a variety of causes, you may face a pet dental emergency. This could be when your pet breaks their tooth on a hard object or suffers an external injury. In this case, it is key to get them to a Vet dentist immediately to assess the level of damage and provide pain relief to your cat or dog.
A Vet dentist can in some cases immediately determine whether a dental extraction is needed by a physical exam alone, where there are obvious signs of damage such as fractures, abscesses, cavities, or lesions.
However, they may need a dental x-ray or CT scan to assess concerns about hidden injuries to teeth. If required, teeth are extracted surgically under anaesthetic with IV fluids. We provide pain relief by giving a dental nerve block before the procedure, followed up with pain relief during recovery. Please note X-rays are completed at our sister practice, Alder Vets in Guildford.
During the initial recovery stages, we will talk through how to best care for your pet to help them feel as comfortable as possible, including feeding soft foods and the avoidance of hard chew toys.
You will usually notice that your pet appears significantly happier after having emergency pet dental care, which reflects the underlying pain playing a big part in how they feel. If your dog or cat’s temperament, eating and drinking habits change drastically and they seem in pain, visit one of our practices as soon as you can for a full examination.