It may surprise you to learn that dental disease is the greatest health problem for your pet— and yet it’s one of the easiest diseases to prevent through proper nutrition and dental care. The veterinarians and staff at Potts Point Veterinary Hospital help you maintain your pet’s healthy teeth and gums throughout his or her life.
Dry dog or cat food, rather than canned, moist food, is the best source of nutrition for your pet. This is because the harder dry food helps remove plaque, which can lead to tooth decay and could harden into tartar, leading to gum disease. At your animal’s wellness care consultation, our staff can recommend the best type of food and chew treats for your pet. If your animal has dental issues or is genetically susceptible to dental disease, we may suggest foods that specifically reduce plaque and tartar buildup. We also provide nutritional counseling if need be.
In addition to a nutritious diet, daily teeth brushing provides the best defense against plaque, tooth decay, tartar, and gum disease. As soon as you bring your new puppy or kitten home, start this daily brushing routine. If you have older animals, you can easily train them to tolerate having their teeth brushed every day. If you have difficulty with this, the veterinarians and staff at Potts Point Veterinary Hospital are happy to demonstrate the best methods for brushing your pet’s teeth.
Our veterinarians give your pet a thorough dental exam at your animal’s wellness care visit. In addition to examining your pet’s teeth and gums, we provide professional cleaning and polishing if need be, usually accomplished under anaesthesia. Your pet is closely monitored during the entire procedure and we provide you with instructions for home care and follow-up.
Be sure to see the experts at Potts Point Veterinary Hospital for your pet’s dental checkup today.