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Doggy Breath – Dental Care Month
Pet Insurance Australia is reminding all Australian pet owners the importance of dental care and hygiene for their pets.
“August is Dental Care Awareness Month,” Nadia Crighton Spokesperson for Pet Insurance Australia says. “Now is the time to ensure your pet’s dental regime is up to standard.”
Dental health is more than just a mouthful of pearly whites. For cats and dogs the health of their teeth and gums can signify much more. Dr. Chris Papantonio from Colyton Vet Hospital in NSW is all too familiar of the issues when it comes to looking after the dental care of our pets.
“Dental disease can lead to tooth decay and gum disease potentially causing the loss of teeth or tooth root abscesses,” Dr. Papantonio says. “The bacteria in the mouth can cause severe bone infections or infected fistulas (holes) into the nasal cavity. The bacteria in the mouth can also enter the bloodstream and cause damage to other organs such as the heart, liver or kidneys.”
Periodontal disease or dental disease can lead to serious bacterial infections.
“If this bacteria leeches into the blood stream it can have serious consequences for the beloved animal.” Nadia Crighton says.
The best defense is prevention. Having dental check-ups, and regular professional cleaning is paramount.
“Pet Insurance Australia offers teeth cleaning cover under its Routine Care package as preventing dental disease is an important aspect in responsible pet ownership,” Nadia Crighton says.
Signs of dental disease
- Bad breathe
- Staining on teeth
- Bleeding gums
- Excessive salivation
- Soreness around the jaw
- Difficulty chewing
- Unusual swelling associated with the jaw
Pet Insurance Australia is urging all Australians to look out for the signs and prevent dental disease with basic dental care, routine checks and cleaning.
“If your dog or cat has dental disease then its best to get your animal examined by your veterinarian and possibly undergo a full scale and polish procedure to clean your animal’s teeth,” Dr. Papantonio says.
Other preventative measures include:
- Brushing teeth daily (small finger brushes)
- Chewing raw bones or dental chews
- Feeding your animal specially designed dental food
“There are also additives that you can add to your animal’s water or food which help to reduce tartar build up on its teeth,” Dr Papantonio says.
“Get proactive with your pets dental hygiene, it’s never too late to start,” Nadia Crighton from Pet Insurance Australia says. “Visit your local veterinarian today and get started on a routine dental program for your cat or dog, and kiss that stinky breathe good-bye.”
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