Dentistry is an important part of what we do. A good dog needs good dog dental care, just like a cared-for cat needs careful cat dental care. It’s important for their general health.
Gum disease affects over 75% of cats and dogs by the time they are 3. Gum disease is painful and leads to more serious problems such as periodontal disease, abscesses, tooth loss and fractured teeth. Bacteria enters the blood stream from inflamed and infected gums and this can lead to heart valve damage and kidney disease.
Dental care should start as early as possible: we recommend brushing their teeth at least three times per week. We often intervene at around six months of age to remove retained deciduous canines. This is especially a problem in small breed dogs.
We recommend a dental check up every 6 months. These are free with our nurses: please contact us to make an appointment. We have lots of different samples of dental care products for you to try before you buy so that we can get the best home care plan for you.
From time to time, your pet will require us to clean their teeth; think of this as a trip to the dental hygienist. A quick scale and polish, followed by good home care, should ensure your pet has a healthy mouth. Please only get this done by a vet dentist as the process of cleaning under the gum is painful and requires anaesthesia. Groomers will often scrape the enamel and make matters worse later.
If your pet’s dental disease is more advanced, they may require extractions and antibiotic therapy. We also often recommend digital dental x-rays to visualise the roots and pulp cavity of the teeth, so we can work out which teeth are diseased. Occasionally, we recommend referral to a specialist veterinary dentist for root canal work or a crown, in which case we can liaise with the specialist on your behalf.
We have specialist veterinary dental equipment at both surgeries with nitrogen-gas-powered high-speed drills, and gentle polishers. All equipment is sterilised before use.
We have special dental packages so that we can estimate the cost of a dental procedure for your pet. Prices include dentistry, anaesthesia, pain relief, antibiotics and post-operative checks and start from £360 including VAT. A full set of dental x-rays is £100 including VAT.