Complete Veterinary Dental Service
More than 85% of dogs and cats older than four years have periodontal disease. Long standing, untreated dental disease can cause significant damage to other organs as dental bacteria can travel through the blood stream and cause generalised ill health – not to mention the smell!
Most owners perceive their dog as having the dreaded “doggy breath” however, this smell can indicate dental disease which can be very uncomfortable for your pet.
Lift up your pet’s lip, and if you see a build up or tartar and plaque, it may be best you make an appointment for our vets to check your pet’s teeth.
Signs of Dental Disease
- Red and/or puffy gums
- Bleeding gums
- Increased salivation
- Missing and/or loose teeth
- Reluctance to chew or crying out when chewing
- Anything else about the mouth that appears unusual
- Bad smell or odour!
If your pet is showing any of these signs, please call and make an appointment for a dental check. If the vet finds that the problem is only mild, you may be able to take care of your pet’s dental needs yourself by doing something as simple as changing your pet’s diet or by starting a program of regular teeth brushing. On the other hand, if the dental problem is severe, your vet may have to do a thorough cleaning, or extraction of severely diseased teeth.
This dental cleaning MUST be done under general anaesthetic. We cannot expect a cat or dog to lie still enough to correctly clean their teeth or remove rotten teeth.
“Anaesthesia free” dentals cannot hope to get under your pets gum line enough to remove all the plaque and tartar, not to mention how stressful it must be for your animal. Teeth can also not be removed without anaesthesia and adequate pain relief.
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Enfield Veterinary Hospital has been serving the pet community for longer than any other vet in the South West of Sydney including the suburbs of Enfield, Strathfield, Strathfield South, Homebush, Burwood, Croydon, Croydon Park, Concord, Ashfield, Belfield, Campsie, Greenacre and the surrounding areas of the greater Inner West of Sydney. We have been part of the local landscape for almost 40 years. One of our partners, Dr Catherine Brett, has been caring for pets of the community for over 20 years.