February – Pet Dental Month

Did you know? Like humans, pets can suffer from a wide range of oral problems. This is why it is just as important for your pet to get their oral health checked by a professional as it is for yourself. As February is pet dental month, here at Nithsdale Vets, we are offering free dental checks with one of our nurses and 15% off any dental procedures.

 

What are the signs of possible dental disease in pets?

  • Bad breath
  • Redness of the gums
  • Drooling or dropping food
  • Loss of appetite/poor appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Discoloured teeth
  • Loose teeth
  • Tenderness around the mouth area
  • Bleeding from the mouth

 

The most effective way of preventing plaque and tartar at home is to brush your pet’s teeth. This will be more effective if done daily, however, three times per week can be sufficient. It is important to use toothpaste specially formulated for pets as some human toothpaste can be toxic. We understand not all pets will be willing but our nurses are on hand to offer help and guidance to you.

 

A lot of plaque and tartar can occur below the gum line which cannot be seen. If your pet requires dental treatment they will be placed under general anaesthetic to allow is to examine and clean below the gum line.

 

Please contact our surgery to book your pet in for their free oral healthcare check.