The truth about your pet's teeth

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Did you know that foul smelling pet breath is not normal? Smelly breath usually reflects a diseased mouth and an astonishing 80% of dogs and cats over 2 years of age have some degree of dental disease.

Our pets are not cleaning their teeth as they once did in the wild. A good example is a pack of lions chewing on their prey, the meat and gristle from the prized catch act as a natural toothbrush. Much of the food we feed doesn't require the chewing needed to help keep teeth clean.

Dental disease is painful, can restrict eating and the bacteria in the mouth can lead to other diseases in the body. Dental disease will shorten the life of your pet. The good news is that it can be prevented or reversed in some cases.

Signs of dental disease:

  • Bad breath
  • Reddened gums - gingivitis
  • Discolouration of teeth
  • Loss of appetite
  • Drooling

Here's what to do: 

If you notice any of the above signs, make an appointment to have a dental check. The earlier your vet gets to see the problem the greater the chance to take action before it becomes irreversible.

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