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 oral health month. Pre-booked dental checks are free in February, so now is the best time to take your cherished 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, an infected mouth or broken teeth will continue to eat so you may not notice they have 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 periodontal disease early enables us to do something about it, which for one, is better for your pet as we are getting in before the problem is too bad. And secondly, preventative dental care is often more affordable than extensive treatment of nasty dental disease.
“Some signs of poor dental health to look out for in your pets at home include bad breath, inflamed or easily bleeding gums, broken teeth, reluctance to eat harder foods, drooling and tartar build up.”
Keep your pet smiling and ensure their happiness by calling GV Vets to book a dental check on 5878 1144, or visit them online at www.gvvets.com.au or in-store at 169 Nixon Street, Shepparton.