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Dental Health:

At Central Vets & Pets our Dental Prices are the best in Palmerston North.  We have so far been at least 50% cheaper than any other vet in town and with our experienced veterinary surgeons, modern surgical suite and specialised dental unit we offer unbeatable dental care for your pet.  If you have a quote or want us to have a look and give you a quote come on in an see us. 

We won’t be beaten on price for this service as provide truly affordable veterinary care for your pet.

Dentistry is a rapidly growing area of veterinary science. We have seen a greater awareness over the last 25 years of its importance to the overall health of the animals we treat.

Just like humans, pets’ teeth need looking after too! The health of their teeth and gums has a significant impact on their overall quality of life. Imagine how your mouth would feel, and smell, if you never brushed your teeth. Imagine having a really bad toothache and not being able to tell anyone about it!

Dental disease begins with a build up of bacteria in your pet’s mouth. Bacteria, combined with saliva and food debris, can cause plaque to accumulate on the tooth. As calcium salts are deposited, plaque turns to tartar (brown or yellow material starting near the gum line of the tooth). Without proper preventive or therapeutic care, plaque and tartar build-up leads to periodontal disease, which affects the tissues and structures supporting the teeth. Periodontal disease can cause oral pain, tooth loss and even heart or kidney problems.

Common signs of dental disease, in order of severity, include:

  • Yellow-brown tartar around the gum line
  • Inflamed, red gums
  • Bad breath
  • Change in eating or chewing habits (especially in cats)
  • Pawing at the face or mouth
  • Excessive drooling
  • Pain or bleeding when you touch the gums or mouth
  • Lethargy
  • Grumpyness

If your pet is showing any of these signs of dental disease please book an appointment to see one of our veterinarians.  Early assessment and action can save your pet’s teeth!

How can I prevent dental disease?

Long-term control and prevention of dental disease requires regular home care. The best way to begin this is to accustom your pet from an early age. Dental home care may include:

  • Brushing teeth daily – just like us! This is the best form of dental hygiene. Pet toothbrushes and chicken flavoured toothpastes are now available, yum.. Please do not use human toothpaste formulas on your pet as they are not designed to be swallowed and may be toxic due to the fluorine concentration included in these formulations.
  • Feed pets specially prepared dental sticks for them to chew or use pigs ears or hide bones for them to get their teeth into.  Chewing produces saliva which helps clean the teeth and the actual process of chewing causes food to be pushed of the tooth surface, reducing the accumulation of tartar.
  • Use dental toys, enzymatic chews, or teeth cleaning biscuits, all of which may help keep the teeth clean.

Regular and frequent attention to your pet's teeth may avoid the need for a professional dental clean under anaesthetic, and will also improve your pet's overall health.

If this doesn’t work, then regular ( every 18 months or so) dental scale and polishes under general anaesthetic are a great way to keep on top of your pets teeth issues without the need to lose any teeth.

 What does a professional dental clean involve?

It is the same as a scale and polish done by a dentist for us. However, unlike us, our pets won’t sit still or open their mouth to allow a comprehensive cleaning of their teeth. For this reason our pets need to have a general anaesthetic for a professional dental clean.  Your pet will need to be assessed by one of our veterinarians.  The degree of dental disease will be assessed to determine if extractions, antibiotics and anti-inflammatories will be required.

The assessment may also include a physical exam, blood tests and urine tests to ensure they are healthy prior to having an anaesthetic.  Once anaesthetised, we can give the teeth a thorough cleaning using our specialised dental equipment.  When your pet goes home we will also discuss methods of reducing dental disease in the future.
Central Vets & Pets provides FREE dental quotes, so if you are worried about whether your pet needs a dental and what it might cost, come on in and speak with one of our veterinary surgeons and get a free, no obligation quote.