When your dog or cat has a general veterinary check up, their teeth will be checked too. The majority of pets will sail through life with a healthy mouth and teeth and never need any oral intervention, other than the occasional brushing or cleaning, but sometimes they need to have teeth extracted or repaired or may land up with periodontal disease.

Your vet will automatically check the state of your dog’s oral care, and this is usually done on an annual basis. If their teeth are in terrible condition – perhaps you have a rescue who has never had a good diet, exercise or been loved and looked after – your vet may recommend a cleaning under anaesthesia. Most times, hopefully, your vet will tell you that your pet’s teeth are amazing and you don’t have to worry till next year.

Signs Your Pet Needs A Teeth Check

If your pet is showing any of the following signs, you may want to book a dental veterinary appointment:-

  • Bad breath.
  • Broken or discoloured teeth.
  • Bleeding or swelling in the mouth.

Trouble with Food?

Also, if your pet is having trouble eating their food, struggling to chew their food, is dribbling a lot, or has no appetite, book an appointment. They may well be sick, and your vet will find out and treat them, but it may also be a dental issue.

In extreme cases, your animal may require x-rays, an evaluation under anaesthesia and extractions. Think of what your dentist may have done for you in the past. It’s not that different in an animal.

Brushing Your Dogs Teeth

At home you can brush your pet’s teeth, daily or weekly, or as your dog allows. Sometimes, prevention is better than cure, and in the same way you vaccinate your pets, brush their teeth too. And get them their six monthly or annual check ups.