We would like to introduce to you H.V.C’s Dental Health Care Program that is designed to improve the oral hygiene and hence dental health of your beloved pet.
Our long term goal for your pet is for them to retain all their teeth in healthy condition for their entire life. Initially the aim is to prevent plaque from sticking to teeth in the first place. Plaque contains bacteria which, if left on the teeth will cause inflammation and infection in the gum and periodontal tissues. Eventually the infection will find its way into the blood stream and then into essential organs like the heart and kidneys. The teeth will also be compromised and will either fall out or have to be taken out during dental procedures.
The most effective methods for preventing plaque on teeth are:
- Daily brushing.
- Chewing on raw meaty bones for at least 5 minutes most days. Be sure to use raw bones only and make sure it is big enough that your pet can’t swallow it whole. It is best to introduce bones to your puppy or kitten from a young age so that they become accustomed to chewing on them.
- Use chew bars like Greenies and Dentastix
- Quality dental dry foods such as Hills Science Diet.
It is important for you to recognise the signs and symptoms of dental problems, which include:
- Bad breath which is one of the first signs of dental disease
- A yellowish/ brownish crust of plaque on the teeth near the gum line
- Red and swollen gums
- Pain or bleeding when your pet eats or when the mouth or gums are touched
- Decreased appetite or difficulty eating
- Loose or missing teeth
At H.V.C we are equipped with state of the art equipment including a dental station with high and low speed drills, an ultrasonic scaler and a digital dental x-ray machine.
Should your pet already have plaque on their teeth our veterinarians and experienced veterinary nurses will grade the disease in your pet’s mouth from grade 1 to grade 4 depending on the severity of the disease.
Grade 1: Early build up of plaque and tartar with minimal gum changes
Grade 2: Moderate build up of plaque with some changes occurring to the gums
Grade 3: Moderate to severe gum changes with some teeth requiring extraction
Grade 4: Severe gum changes with many if not all teeth requiring extraction
It is important to intervene early with dental disease so that we can avoid the mouth progressing past Grade 2 as gum changes past grade 2 become more irreversible.
We recommend that all pets have:
- If there is Grade 1 or worse dental disease then a dental check up every 6 months
- A thorough dental health check annually. This can be performed at the annual health check and vaccination
- Regular scale and polish treatments if the mouth is grade 1 or worse. It is preferable to do these at Grade 1 so that we can halt the progression of gum disease
- Compromised teeth be extracted or have root canal therapy so that the pet doesn’t have to live with permanent pain
We have priced our dental program to encourage pet owners to have their pet’s teeth professionally cleaned under anaesthetic earlier in the course of dental disease so that the pet’s mouth remains healthier and pain free.
All dental treatments include full general anaesthetic, intravenous fluids whist under anaesthetic, hospital time and the dental scale and polish. All grade 1 dentals are performed at a reduced rate.
Grade 3 and Grade 4 dentals require dental radiography and subsequently oral surgery to extract teeth. Pain relief, antibiotics and follow up visits to check extraction sites are also necessary.
Under H.V.C’s dental health program any pet who receives a dental treatment under general anaesthetic is entitled to a free check up after 7 days and a half price dental check up 6 months later. If your pet requires another scale and polish after their 6 month re-visit then the cost of the check up will be credited off the cost of the dental procedure.
Annual Dental Month
Each year H.V.C promote dental health awareness month and offer a 20% rebate on all dental procedures grade 2 and above during these months.
Whats included in our 20% rebate on dental procedures:
- A health check with a veterinarian
- General Anaesthetic
- Intravenous fluid therapy
- Scale and polish on teeth
- Free 7 day check up after the dental
- Take home dental dental care kit
If you would like further information about our dental program please call us on 02 49696852.