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PET DENTAL MONTH - THIS AUGUST 
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According to the Australian Veterinary Association, four out of every five dogs and cats over the age of three years have some sort of dental disease which becomes more severe with age.  The good news is that dental disease is entirely preventable and during the month of August, Holbrook Vet Centre has some fantastic offers to help identify and treat dental disease in your loved pet.
Dental disease is easily preventable and yet it’s one of the most common problems that we diagnose in cats and dogs. Many pet owners may not be aware that if dental disease goes untreated, it can lead to other serious health problems such as infections in the kidney, heart and liver. Getting on top of dental disease in its early stages is very achievable with dental hygiene management at home via additives and correct diet. Our pets often don’t show pain or discomfort, so dental disease can go unchecked for years. This is especially true for dogs who are pack animals and showing weakness is not part of their nature. They need to eat to survive, so won’t go off their food until the pain is unbearable.

Common signs of dental disease include;
  • Bad breath
  • Excessive drooling
  • Reduced appetite
  • Difficulty eating especially harder foods
  • Bleeding or inflamed gums
  • Tartar build up
  • Loose or broken teeth
  • Pus near gums
During the month of August, you can bring your pet in for a FREE dental check which will help to identify any emerging dental health issues.  The veterinarian may request to investigate your pet’s dental health further via general anaesthesia. General anaesthesia allows the veterinarian to thoroughly investigate every single tooth, both above and below the gum line and conduct extractions if necessary.  At the very least, a preventative dental scale and polish can be performed to clean any tartar that has accumulated.  Antibiotics may be required if a dental infection is identified which will ensure that the infection does not spread to other organs. 

To provide optimal health and quality of life to your pet, good oral hygiene is essential.  Here at Holbrook Vet Centre, both veterinarians and nurses alike are able to advise you on the best oral health program for your pet.  This may include a dental scale and polish, teeth brushing or simply some minor dietary changes.  Dental treats, such as Greenies, are recommended instead of bones which can cause problems such as broken teeth and gut obstructions. 

 
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