You know a lot about your pet. You know their favourite place to sleep, what they like to eat and which park to take them to. However, you may not know much about their teeth. Like most people you don’t spend your days sticking your head into your furry friend’s mouth to check out their teeth and gums, that’s our job. While you don’t need to know everything about your pet’s teeth, here are a few things you might want to know.
- Infected teeth might not show on the outside but they take a toll on the inside. When a tooth gets infected the body begins to pull away from it in a survival instinct. This causes the tooth to detach from the bone and gums. If your vet suggests a dental clean it is best to do this right away. A pet whose teeth are left to fend for themselves will more than likely need multiple extractions. This is painful for them and costs more for you.
- Cats and dogs can survive just fine with little to no teeth. Cats, especially ones who suffer from gingivitis and other bacteria issues might need to have all their teeth extracted. Don’t worry though, they can still eat and play using their bones to chomp their biscuits.
- If you have ever had your wisdom teeth removed or any other sort of dental surgery you can sympathize with your pet. Their gums heal much like humans! Once a tooth is extracted the gums are sutured together with dissolving stitches. In a few weeks the stiches disappear and the gum is healed entirely.
- The longer you wait to get your pet looked at and treated the worse your pet will feel. Just like an infected wound on humans, infected teeth for animals can fester and become painful. If you wait too long after being advised to get a treatment or to get a dental score your pet could be at risk for more serious infections that spread from the mouth to the rest of the body. Waiting means a higher cost and more pain, so hurry and get your best friends teeth checked right away.
- If your pet does need a cleaning or procedure rest easy knowing they will be monitored and watched by a vet nurse the entire time. Not only is their health taken care of, ensuring they feel no pain and are breathing properly but they also get to wake up in the loving arms of our staff.
Now that you know a bit more about your pet’s health you can feel like an expert in taking care of them. Bring them in for a FREE dental check, call to book on 3899 1495 or make a time using our online booking form so that we can make sure they are feeling their best!