City’s dogs feel­ing down in the mouth

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&world Update -

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.

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