Craig Dobson Dental Procedures
Dog with a toothbrush in it's mouth

DENTAL PROCEDURES

We offer free dental health checks to keep your pet’s mouth in good condition, as well as a number of other services to protect their teeth and gums.

Dental disease is extremely common in dogs, cats and rabbits. At Moorview, we offer free dental checks to assess your pet’s dental health, as well as advice on how to keep their teeth and gums healthy.

We can offer professional dental cleaning, conduct dental x-rays, and carry out periodontal therapy, anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressive therapy, as well as the extraction of teeth and tissue debridement.

It is estimated that approximately 80% of our pets are affected by dental disease in one way or another.

Common signs of dental disease include:

• Halatosis (bad breath)
• Bleeding of gums
• Inflammation of the gums and surrounding areas
• Excessive salivation
• Decrease/change in appetite
• Chattering of the teeth
• Rubbing or pawing at the face

Cats and Dogs are very good at masking dental pain and even with extreme dental disease will often still eat- this is because it is their survival instinct to do so.
When your pet comes in to see us for vaccination and most other issues we will perform a clinical exam and this usually includes a dental exam. We also offer free dental checks if you are concerned about your pet’s teeth.

Dental procedures

If your pet needs a dental procedure then they will be anaesthetised. This is because we need to protect the dog or cats airways whilst performing the dental exam, ultrasonic scaling and any extractions that may be necessary. We also normally perform full mouth x-rays as a lot of dental disease can be occurring under the gum line. Every tooth will be assessed and treated as necessary and all work is charted.

Dental abscesses

These are quite common in dogs, cats and rabbits. They usually present with a swelling on the face, together with some in appetence. Usually a course of antibiotics is prescribed and a dental procedure is recommended to x-ray the pet’s mouth and extract the offending tooth.

Diet/preventative care

Dried diets tend to be better for the teeth but even pets fed on dried diets can get dental disease. Additives to the diet and water can help but the only method that really works is daily brushing of the teeth. We would advise using a kid’s tooth brush with bristles to brush the outside of the teeth using pet toothpaste. The brushing needs to be no less than every other day otherwise it is a waste of time. Dogs tolerate this very well with a bit of time and patience initially. Cats however are less tolerant!

Dental chews and toys

Dental chews can help to keep the teeth clean but shouldn’t replace brushing. No toys should be used that you cannot push your finger nail into. Bones, antlers and hard nylon chews are NOT recommended and will fracture the teeth.

OUR SERVICES

Our experienced team of veterinarians and nurses can perform a number of checkups and procedures to diagnose your pet’s ailments and keep them healthy thereafter. Select a service to find out more.

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