Unfortunately, our pets do not have the ability to take care of their own teeth by brushing them daily. It’s no surprise then that most pets over the age of 3 years start to develop tartar which can then lead to gingivitis and dental disease.
Luckily, with our home visit vets in Cheshire you won’t need to take a trip to the surgery to get any of your dog’s dental conditions diagnosed. We’ll be able to complete a full diagnosis and offer a range of treatments to help correct any issues. To book your appointment contact us on 01565 337999 or fill out our online contact form.
Caring for your dog’s dental hygeine
Regular brushing in people removes plaque that builds up during the day when we eat. In dogs and cats this plaque remains in place which harbours bacteria and causes bad breath. Over time this plaque calcifies with saliva forming hard tartar which is like cement on the teeth.
This tartar harbours more bacteria which is then able to invade under the gum margin and create inflammation called gingivitis. Over time this gingivitis causes the body to retract the gum line to try to attach to a healthier part of the tooth, this is called gingival recession. Finally when the gum has run out of place to attach bacteria obtain access to the root itself causing peridontal disease and abscesses.
Dogs with dental pain rarely show signs of this, appetite is usually normal as is behaviour, the only sign often present is smelly breath (halitosis). Occasionally cats show reductions in appetite or favouring eating soft foods instead of dry kibble, sometimes cats can drool too indicating dental pain.
Our vets are well trained in detecting the early stages of dental disease and helping you to implement a plan to help keep your pet’s mouth healthy. Dental care plans have to be tailored to individual pets as each of them will accept different means of preventing dental disease.
Areas covered include: Lymm, Hale, Bowdon, Wilmslow, Holmes Chapel, Mobberley and Alderley Edge.