City’s dogs feeling down in the mouth
THOUSANDS of dogs in Peterborough could be facing a canine cavity emergency with figures from a veterinary charity showing the city’s dogs are suffering from dental problems.
PDSA has revealed that around 40 per cent of the city’s dogs are losing their teeth unnecessarily due to poor diets and little or no brushing of their teeth.
The number of dogs thought to be suffering from dental problems in Peterborough is well above the UK national average of 24 per cent. In fact, Peterborough is one of the worst areas in the South East.
Based on these figures, PDSA is urging local dog owners to brush up on their doggy dental health routines.
PDSA senior veterinary surgeon Sean Wensley said: “It’s wrong to assume that pets will lose their teeth as they get older. In reality, with a good diet and oral hygiene, there is no reason why their teeth shouldn’t last a lifetime.”
PDSA would always encourage dog and cat owners to clean their pet’s teeth daily. However, it’s not always possible, as some pets can find the process quite stressful and are far from willing to let their owner clean their teeth.
But she said owners should not despair as special dental chews and dental diets are available to help.