Keep your pet happy and smiling

HEALTHY SMILES… GV Vets co-owner and veterinarian, Dr Frances Jenner encourages pet owners to book their pets in for a dental check during February. Photo: Katelyn Morse.

FOUR out of every five dogs and cats over the age of three years have some sort of dental disease, which becomes more severe with age. This can be a real problem for pets and owners because it can lead to more serious problems such as illnesses related to the heart, liver and kidney.

At GV Vets, February is dental month. Pre-booked dental checks are free in February, so now is the best time for your pet to ensure they are comfortable, smiling and happy.

You should check your pet’s teeth regularly as pets often won’t show pain. Even pets with sore gums or broken teeth will continue to eat so it is easy to miss any problems.

GV Vets co-owner and veterinarian, Dr Frances Jenner said, “Checking your pet’s mouth is an important part of their annual health check. Detecting gum and teeth problems early enables us to do something about it; we prefer to take action before the problem is too bad. Preventative dental care is often more affordable than treatments of extensive dental disease.

“Some signs of poor dental health to look out for in your pets include bad breath, brown muck (tartar) building up on teeth, broken teeth and drooling.”

Keep your pet smiling and ensure their happiness with GV Vets. To book a free dental check, visit them online at, call 5878 1144, or pop in at 169 Nixon Street, Shepparton.