At Cambridge Vets we care about your pets dental health.  By the age of 3 years 70% of cats and 80% of dogs will have some form of periodontal or oral disease.  This can mean bad breath, sore, swollen and red gums, bleeding gums and even loose teeth!  Youch!  It is something that our beloved pets can hide from us as they appear to eat and drink normally and we may not know until it is really bad.  This is why it is vitally important to bring your pet in to see us for regular yearly check-ups.  Only a detailed visual examination will help to accurately assess your pets dental health.  Left untreated, dental disease can and will cause damage to other vital organs such as the heart, liver, and kidneys putting the whole circulatory system under undue stress with circulation of bad bacteria from the mouth.

Concerned or want to know more?  Simply make a free 15 minute dental evaluation appointment with our qualified veterinary nurses to put your mind at ease.

 

FAQ’s

Can I prevent my pet needing to have dental work?

With consistent, lifelong attention to your pets dental health you may be able to slow the progression of dental disease. We sell a variety of dental products, from toothbrushes and toothpaste to dental diets and dental chews, all designed to freshen and maintain a healthy mouth.   Ask our helpful staff about how best to help your pet.

It has been recommended that my pet needs a dental.  What does this involve?

Your pet will be admitted to our hospital ward and be thoroughly checked over.  We recommend a pre-anaesthetic blood panel to ensure the very best care while anaesthetised.  Your pet will then undergo an anaesthetic so we can fully assess the mouth cavity, including dental x-rays as needed, and carry out the appropriate treatment.  They are continually monitored throughout the procedure and once awake, we will contact you to let you know how everything went.

If my pet is having teeth out, can he still chew?

Yes.  We suggest that your pet is fed soft foods for 5-7 days after removal of teeth to let the gums heal.  They can then return to their usual food.  Most cats and a lot of dog actually swallow biscuits whole anyway, so may not even use their teeth to chew.

How much will a dental treatment cost?

Every patient is different.  Our vets will give you an estimate of cost at the time of your visit.  On the day of surgery, once your pet is asleep, we are able to get a much clearer picture of what needs to be done.  We will keep in close contact with you and keep you updated of all costs during the procedure.

How often will my pet need a dental?

It is different for every pet.  Yearly check-ups are recommended for all pets and your vet will discuss your pets dental health with you at each and every visit.

How long will it take for my pet to recover after having a dental treatment?

The first night your pet will need to be tucked up, warm and quiet, and left to sleep.  Most pets are 99% back to normal by the next day.  After multiple extractions, it is normal for some pets to be a bit quiet for a few days.  The following day we ring you to see how things are going but if you have any concerns about your pet at any time after a dental treatment, please ring us for advice.

What about pain relief?

All animals that have teeth removed are given pain relief.  We do a nerve block to isolate the area of extraction.  We also give two different kinds of pain relief on the day and send each individual home with ongoing pain relief medication to make sure your pet is as comfortable as possible.

Broken teeth?

A broken tooth is painful and needs to be seen by one of our vets.  Dogs in particular break teeth chewing on bones or other hard items.  A broken tooth with an exposed nerve is not only painful but may be a source of infection as the nerve dies and bacteria gets into the tooth.  The best thing to do if you notice a broken tooth is to make an appointment to chat with one of our vets so we can help your pet feel better as quickly as possible.

Did you know that rabbits can also be plagued with dental disease?

Rabbits teeth continue to grow throughout their entire life.  If a pet rabbit is not offered the correct food in the right quantities, and the opportunity to gnaw on a variety of different items, their teeth can grow incorrectly and cause pain and discomfort.  Poor dental health can even result in infections and abscesses which are life threatening.  We are happy to see your pet bunny, assess their teeth and offer advice on the best way to keep your rabbits teeth in pristine condition.

We have a dedicated and competent team here at Cambridge vets to help assist with your pets dental hygiene.  Additionally we have a great working relationship with an Auckland based Veterinary Dental Specialist we can refer to for reconstruction work, orthodontic work or root canals.  Get in touch today to make sure your pet is happy, healthy and pain free from dental disease.