Keeping you and your pet smiling
Here at Best Friends Vet Group, we want to help you keep your pets in good shape.
Dental health for animals is very important, and the team at Best Friends want to ensure your pet is kept in the best of health, for all aspects of their lives.
The build-up of plaque and tartar on your pet’s teeth can lead to infection in the gums and roots of the teeth. If this is left untreated then it can cause serious damage, not just to your pet’s teeth, but also have implications for their overall health.
Gum disease is one of the most common problems seen by vets. If untreated, dental disease can lead to serious damage to your pet’s vital organs such as their kidneys, so it is much better to keep a check on their teeth with regular dental appointments.
What to look out for
Bad breath in your pet can be an indicator of problems with their teeth. We often talk about our animals as having ‘cat breath’ or ‘dog breath’ but bad breath that gets worse over time, is an indicator of many dental problems.
If your pet has bad breath, it’s best to make an appointment for them with your Best Friends Vet to get them checked out.
Helping to keep their teeth in good health
We recommend brushing your pet’s teeth on a regular basis. This is a quick and simple task, especially if you start to get them used to it from an early age. For cats and dogs, letting them chew on, play with, or get used to having you put the toothbrush in their mouth is the first step to letting you brush their teeth. We have advice available on caring for your cat's teeth and how to keep your dog's teeth clean.
It is important to look out for any signs of loose teeth, bad breath, loss of appetite, tenderness around the mouth, or chewing only on one side. These could all be signs of dental problems.
Rabbits and some small furries will need foods and toys to gnaw on to keep wearing their teeth down. This stops the teeth from over growing and causing problems and pain.
Dental Treatment at the Vets
All of our branches can offer dental checks and advice for your pet, with most being able to offer any procedures required on site.
Keep them clean
Regular check ups
If you have concerns about your pet, book an appointment with us today.
Some of our other services
Best Friends offer a range of vaccinations for your pet, tailored to particular requirements.Find out more
We can advise on the best time to neuter your pet and perform the procedure.Find out more
It became law to microchip dogs in April '16, however we advise microchipping other pets too.Find out more