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Dental Packages – Healthy Teeth for Cats and Dogs

At Vet24, we offer affordable dental packages for cats and dogs, to help keep your pet’s teeth strong, clean and healthy.

Dental disease is one of the most common health problems affecting pets these days. Just as you look after your own teeth to prevent plaque build-up and gum disease, you also have to take care of your pet’s teeth.

Some pets, particularly small breed dogs, will still require regular veterinary attention to keep the teeth clean just as we rely on our dentists.

With a focus on preventative dental care, we believe in taking care of pet’s teeth from an early age, rather than treating gum and tooth issues when they’ve already appeared.

Why is Professional Dental Care Important for Your Pet?

Maintaining healthy gums is important as your pet’s gums protect their jawbone and support the teeth in their mouth. As well as tooth problems, periodontal disease can affect your pet’s overall health. Bacteria are released into the blood stream through the infected gums and can affect the liver, kidneys, heart and/or lungs.

The first sign indicating periodontal disease is bad breath (halitosis). Look at your pet’s teeth, especially the back teeth or molars. If the teeth have yellow or brown discolouration and the gums are red and inflamed, then your pet most likely has the start of periodontal disease.

Small breed dogs are more likely to develop periodontal disease as the teeth are too large for the size of the jaw. This creates cramming and results food lodging between the teeth allowing for bacteria buildup. Persian and Himalayan cats are also at increased risk due to their skull structure and less space between the teeth. Large dogs have less overcrowding between the teeth thus are less predisposed to oral disease, however it is important to remember that they can still be affected.

Do's:

  • Giving your pets dry biscuits and the occasional raw bone can help keep their teeth cleaner as they remove the plaque.
  • Large marrowbones or brisket bones are ideal for larger dogs or chicken wings are good for small dogs and cats.
  • If your pet will tolerate you brushing their teeth then this is an excellent way to prevent plaque buildup. 

Dont's:

  • Soft food can be the biggest culprit leading to dental disease. 
  • Never give your pets cooked bones including T-bones, chop bones or fish bones. 
  • Remember not to use human toothpaste if you choose to brush your pets teeth (they don’t appreciate the cool minty taste!!)

Some pets, despite your best efforts to help keep their teeth clean, will still require regular veterinary attention to keep the teeth clean just like we rely on a dentist.

Below are the classifications used by the Veterinarian to determine your pet's Dental health:

GRADE 1 (Initial)                                                                                                                                    

¨ Minimal plaque and tartar build upCanine tooth with Minimal Plaque & Tartar

¨ Slight gum redness

¨ Mildly unpleasant breath

¨ Reversible  

Grade 2 (Early)                                                                                                                                   

¨ Greater amounts of plaque and tartar accumulation that extends under the gum lineCanine tooth with More Plaque & Tartar Under the Gum Line

¨ Gum redness accompanied by inflammation

¨ Possible bleeding

¨ Reversible

Grade 3                                                                                                                                               

¨ Moderate to heavy accumulation of plaque and tartar that extends under the gum lineCanine tooth with Heavy Plaque Accumulation and Bone Loss

¨ Bone loss around the teeth

¨ Red, inflamed and easily bleeding gums

¨ Pain

¨ Irreversible

Grade 4 (Advanced)                                                                                                                         

¨ Destruction of most of the supporting bone around the teeth.Canine tooth with Destruction of Supporting Bone Around Tooth

¨ Large pockets around teeth

¨ Large accumulation of tartar

¨ Pus formation in mouth

¨ Severe pain

¨ Loose teeth

¨ Irreversible

What Do Our Dental Packages Include?

At Vet 24, our dental packages include:

  • A Free Dental Check
  • Pre-Anaesthetic Blood Testing
  • General Anaesthesia
  • Full Dental Scale And Polish

These packages start at $290 for cats and $350 for dogs. By practicing preventative dental care, you’ll save money on more complicated dental procedures to address issues further down the track.

For All Stages of Pet Dental Care

If your pet's teeth are in bad condition, there are alternative packages aimed at bringing their teeth back to health. Our free dental check will enable us to assess your pet's teeth and recommend the right package for your pet, all for a guaranteed affordable price.

For more information about dental care for your pet, or to book an appointment with a qualified vet, speak to one of our friendly staff on 08 9345 4644 or simply contact us online.

 

 

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