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Dental homecare tips for pets!

Dental Disease is present in more than 80% of pets over 3 years of age, so what can we do to help prevent it?

Unfortunately dental disease is an ongoing process as food and bacteria continually accumulates on the teeth to form plaque, the same as for humans. So your pet will need regular dentals for life to remove this as it builds up again.

The good news is there are things we can do at home to help slow the progression and keep the teeth clean and healthy for longer. 

Tooth Brushing
Just like for us, nothing beats brushing. Studies have shown that brushing three times a week was adequate to maintain healthy teeth and gums but daily brushing is the gold standard. Our staff can discuss with you some fun and easy tricks to get your pet to brush with success. We stock a range of different pet tooth brushes and tooth paste products.

PlaqueOff
PlaqueOff® is a natural and easy-to-use answer for bad breath, plaque and tartar in cats and dogs. A completely natural product, made from specially selected Norwegian Seaweed (D1070), PlaqueOff® has been found to help reduce the reoccurrence of plaque on the teeth. It is used once daily and can be added to both wet and dry food, either sprinkled on top or mixed through.

Dental Diet
While not a complete substitute for brushing, Hills Prescription T/D™ Diet has been proven to decrease the rate of calculus and plaque formation. Its unique kibble scrubs away plaque in the mouth. Clinically proven to reduce plaque, stain and tartar build up and reduce bad breath. It is also a complete and balanced food that provides all the nutrition your pet needs.

Regular Dental Checks
Once your pet has their dental procedure and their teeth are back to a Grade 0 (no dental disease) we can implement the above home care to slow the build-up of dental disease. We can also do regular dental checks so when the dental disease does return we can catch it in the earlier stages. This usually makes for a simpler, less complex and less expensive dental procedure. This will help to prevent the dental disease from progressing to the later stages unnoticed and creating irreversible damage where teeth may need extraction.

We offer complimentary dental checks for all pets, and recommend them every 6 months unless directed by your veterinarian for more frequent checks.

If you have any questions
Please don’t hesitate to ask one of our friendly staff, please call our 24-hour line on (07) 4151 3550

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