Your pet’s dental health
Good dental health is vital for your pet’s health, and wellbeing. Dental disease is very common in dogs, cats and rabbits. It can cause halitosis (bad breath), difficulty eating, gum infections which can lead to abscess formation and bacteraemia/septicaemia (infection in the blood), severe pain and even disease around the eye and eye socket.
When it comes to pet health, prevention is better than cure. Dental checks will be carried out during routine checks at Willows and we are able to offer a range of products and diets, as well as providing advice on their correct use to help keep your pet’s dental health at the best possible level throughout life.
However, just as with humans, regular dental hygiene measures at home cannot completely prevent dental disease, and so dental work may be advised for a number of reasons. Such reasons can include a painful lesion in the mouth that may lead to infection or there may be a general build-up of tartar which may result in periodontal disease (infection around the teeth). In addition, these bacteria can escape into the bloodstream through inflamed gum tissue and potentially cause infections elsewhere in the body.
Dental treatment is a routine part of our work at Willows and our Vets will be able offer you advice on what treatment, if any, your pet may need.