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Browns Plains Veterinary Surgery
Shop 5/ 3276 Mt Lindesay Highway
Browns Plains
QLD 4118

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07 3800 0369

Park Ridge Animal Hospital
3626 Mt Lindesay Highway
Park Ridge
QLD 4125

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07 3800 1378

Dental disease is very common in dogs and cats. Studies have shown that 70% of dog and cats have periodontal disease by the time they are 3 years old. Periodontal disease is the presence of the yellow staining or coating on the teeth called tartar and associated inflammation of the gums (gingivitis). Tartar is essentially dried pus - no wonder their breath stinks!

Why is this such a big problem in our pets?

The teeth of dogs and cats have developed to chew and tear their food but this isn't needed with most modern diets. No chewing means that bacteria build up in the mouth causing inflammation and disease.

So what can we do about it?

Like anything prevention is better then cure. The gold standard in dental care is brushing your pets' teeth. We find most of our clients aren't too keen on this idea. Regular bones and chew toys can be very effective at keeping their teeth and gums healthy. For those animals that don't like to chew (especially cats and small cats) Hills T/D (teeth diet) dry food is fantastic. This food is designed to clean their teeth as they eat and we find it works very effectively.

Once periodontal disease is present, a proper dental scale and polish is required to prevent the progression of the disease. This is done under a general anaesthetic and is very similar to how the dentist cleans our teeth. It is also an opportunity to closely examine the mouth for any other signs of disease and record in detail the health of your pets' teeth. The procedure includes a free post procedure check after 1 week to ensure your pet is eating well and discuss how we are going to prevent the reoccurrence of the tartar and gingivitis. 

Free dental checks

Both Browns Plains Vet Surgery and Park Ridge Animal Hospital offer free dental checks all ear round so if you are concerned about your dog or cat's teeth please make an appointment for us to examine their teeth.