Septem­ber is Pet Den­tal Month

Chinchilla News - - LIFE -

The Chin­chilla Vet Ser­vices will be run­ning a pet den­tal month pro­mo­tion through­out Septem­ber to raise aware­ness of pet den­tal prob­lems, pre­ven­tion and treat­ment and the im­por­tance of thor­ough den­tal ex­am­i­na­tions.

An ini­tia­tive of the Aus­tralian Vet­eri­nary As­so­ci­a­tion (AVA), the aim of the cam­paign ti­tled – Healthy set, happy pet - is to ed­u­cate pet own­ers about the ben­e­fits of an­nual den­tal health checks and the im­por­tance of a thor­ough den­tal ex­am­i­na­tion to help pre­vent gum dis­ease.

Four out of five dogs and cats over the age of three years have some sort of den­tal dis­ease which may go un­no­ticed by their own­ers.

Pets often won’t show pain. Even pets with sore gums, in­fected mouths and bro­ken teeth will con­tinue to eat so own­ers may not see any prob­lems.

So, how can you tell if your dog or cat is in the early stages of den­tal dis­ease?

“Your pet’s breath should not smell bad. Bad breath is a sign of in­fec­tion. Gums may be red and in­flamed and the teeth stained with tar­tar or they may start drop­ping food.”

“At home, we also rec­om­mend reg­u­lar tooth brush­ing and many cats and dogs can be trained to en­joy hav­ing their teeth brushed, es­pe­cially if you start at an early age.”

“About 80 per cent of adult an­i­mals have some de­gree of den­tal dis­ease, which be­comes more se­vere with age.”

Dur­ing Septem­ber Chin­chilla Vet Ser­vice will be pro­vid­ing free den­tal health checks, book early as spa­ces are limited. We also have some great den­tal deals on food.

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