Dogs should have their teeth brushed every day according to a Vets in Northampton.
The White Cross Vets at Weston Favell shopping centre have recorded a significant increase in the number of pets treated for oral hygiene issues are warning pet owners not to risk their pets’ health by ignoring their teeth.
Michael Lander, clinic director from White Cross says: “In the UK many people don’t view their own dental hygiene as being particularly important so we have a huge educational job to do when it comes to pets’ teeth. Regular check-ups for pets are a must to avoid serious consequences to their health.
“We recently treated a dog that had horrendous dental disease, he was only five years old and unfortunately it was too late to salvage any of his teeth. We assessed each tooth on an individual basis and had to remove them all. Although this is an extreme case and the dog had previously been rescued and therefore not had the best start in life, it’s very easy for dental decay, gum disease and inflammation to occur.
“A dog should have its teeth brushed every day and there are plenty of products on the market like chicken flavoured toothpaste that can make the process appealing! It’s also important to feed your pet a diet with proven dental benefits whilst your vet can also advise on other measures which may be helpful to reduce plaque build-up and subsequent decay.”
White Cross Vets is currently offering dental work at half price until the end of October and the practice also provides free dental checks for all pets.
Mr Lander said: “Many pet owners simply don’t understand the importance of good dental hygiene and as a result their pets are suffering and often end up requiring lots of treatment to rectify the problems.”
For more information about White Cross Vets visit www.whitecrossvets.co.uk or call 01604 400130.