June 21, 2019
Many of the health problems we see in little furry creatures at Notting Hill Vets originate from dental problems, which is why it’s so important to keep a close eye on your pet’s teeth.
To help you out, this month we’re offering all our clients a nurse dental check, so we can give your pet an oral once-over.
A small pet with dental problems may seem dull, hunched and generally disinterested. Most dental problems in little furry animals are linked to a lack of normal wear of the teeth. This is because their foods are often too low in fibre, causing uneven tooth wear and sharp enamel points, known as spurs.
This can often be corrected simply by changing your pet’s diet to a more natural, high-fibre one, such as grass and hay. If your furry companion does have significantly elongated teeth, then they will need trimming. But you should never be tempted to clip teeth or trim them yourself.
Don’t try muesli-style diets as these will cause long-term problems; a high-fibre diet is essential. You should not allow your hamster (or similar) to be a selective feeder. And only buy the highest quality products, if possible.
If you live in Notting Hill and need some help, please don’t hesitate to call us. Emma and the team are always happy to help.