The dental health of pets is one of the most crucial aspects of their overall wellbeing – but also one of the most overlooked.
Pain & Discomfort
Most animals hide pain and discomfort in their mouth, because in the wild they would need to eat in order to survive. This can make the early signs of dental disease difficult to recognise. But if they are allowed to develop, the results can permanently impact your pet’s quality of life, and can even lead to chronic pain - we’ve all had toothache and we know how unpleasant that can be.
Signs of poor oral health include:
- Persistent bad breath
- Sensitivity around mouth
- Loss of appetite
- Difficulty eating and chewing food
- Pawing at mouth
- Loose or missing teeth
- Bleeding, inflamed or receding gums
- Tartar on teeth
Our vets check the dental health of your pet during all check-ups and consultations, in order to nip any potential issues in the bud. What’s more, our registered veterinary nurses offer free dental health checks for dogs and cats in Cheshire.
You can help, too, by introducing measures at home. With some pets, this may mean changes to their diet. With cats and dogs, we recommend that you introduce brushing their teeth into their routine as early as possible in their lives – and our friendly nurses are happy to help you with this.