Over 80% of dogs over the age of three have gum disease, yet most owners think that their pets have good oral health. Dogs with healthy, clean teeth live for longer than dogs with advanced dental disease. The bacteria from a diseased mouth can spread to elsewhere in the body, affecting the heart and kidneys.
Dogs’ teeth are similar to human teeth: without regular home care, problems develop more rapidly. Ideally, owners should learn to brush their pets’ teeth regularly; dental chews can also play a role in minimising the build up of tartar.
Dental problems are common: if you are worried about your pet, a Brayvet nurse will be happy to have a look at your pet’s mouth: if veterinary intervention is needed, she will be happy to let you know what would be involved if you wish to follow that route.