Just like you, your pet needs to maintain healthy teeth and gums. But unlike you, they cannot do this by themselves!
Looking after your pet's pearly whites is extremely important, which is why we're advocating pet dental health awareness at AAS Vets to provide help, advice and treatment along with some great offers.
Dental disease among cats, dogs and rabbits is one of the most common problems we deal with at AAS Vets and there are some simple steps all pet owners can take to improve their pet’s oral health.
To help you get started on the road to better dental care for your pet, we're offering a Free Dental Health Check.
What problems can bad oral health cause?
Unfortunately, dental disease is extremely common in pets due to a combination of dietary and genetic factors - by the age of five a lot of them will need dental treatment.
Most dental cases aren't a dire emergency. However, dental disease is progressive, and things will gradually get worse. The longer the delay, the more likely your pet will suffer irreversible damage - this means potentially more extractions, resulting in a longer anaesthetic and also more expense.
What action should I take?
It is better to get treatment sooner rather than later. Encouragingly, many owners report back that after the dental work has been done, their pet appears significantly brighter and happier, which means that underlying pain is being resolved. Remember, animals will only stop eating if the pain becomes excruciating.
AAS Vets top tips for a tip top mouth
- Regular tooth brushing is the most effective way to control plaque build-up that leads to tartar.
- Specially designed pet toothbrushes and toothpaste must be used.
- If tooth brushing is not an option, don’t worry! There are various other products which can be applied directly to the mouth or given in food which can help to reduce tartar build-up.
- Dental treats are not as effective as tooth brushing but can have a modest effect on tartar build-up so worth a try.
- Playtime is the best form of exercise for your cat – helping your cat stay active will prevent boredom and consequently overeating.
- Just be aware that these treats tend to be high in calories though so do make sure you are taking this into account when giving them!
Dental hygiene is all about prevention and home care. We have a variety of different ways to help reduce the likelihood of future problems. If you have any questions about your pet’s oral health, please contact us.
*T&Cs apply. Offer may be withdrawn at any time. Not available in conjunction with any other offer/promotion. No cash alternative. Free dental check offer entitles new or existing clients of AAS vets to a complimentary 10 minute consultation with a veterinary nurse or veterinary surgeon. All services are subject to our standard terms and conditions. Any further treatment will be charged according to our standard prices. Further details of this promotion and any of our services available at www.aasvets.co.uk. One offer per client who quotes FREEDENTAL at time of booking. Offer not open to employees of AAS Veterinary Services. AAS Veterinary Services is a trading name of Linnaeus Veterinary Limited. Registered address: Friars Gate, 1011 Stratford Road, Solihull, B90 4BN. Registered in England & Wales Company Number: 10790375