Approximately 80% of pets have some form of dental disease by the age of four. The most obvious sign to a pet owner is bad breath. Other clinical signs can include plaque and tartar build up, quite reddened gums which is know as gingivitis. Your pet can also show signs of excessive salivation, and difficulty when chewing their food. Your Vet will check your pet’s teeth at their annual check up.
Dental disease has been associated to heart, liver and kidney disease in humans & the same links have been evidenced in our pets. It is well documented that adequate dental care can add up to 4 years to your pet’s life. At Mildura Veterinary Hospital the highest quality dental care is available, utilising dental equipment quite similar to what you would find at a human dental surgery. Under a general anaesthetic, your pets teeth, gums and mouth are thoroughly examined. Any plaque and tartar is removed along with teeth that require removal. The teeth are then polished. After the dental procedure our staff can work with you to assist with dental advice for your pet with a focus on preventative care.
We stock a number of palatable prescription dry food diets that are designed to prevent tartar reoccurring. The appearance and smell of your pet’s mouth after a dental will be much improved. They generally also have much improved demeanour and a whole new lease on life.