Dental Care


Why Your Pet’s Dental Health Is Important


Did you know our furry friends can have the same dental health issues as us? Pets can suffer from toothache, decay, cavities, teeth and gum infections, abscesses and chipped or broken teeth the same as people. Just like us, poor dental care and disease can affect their general health and wellbeing too, which is why it is so important to keep their teeth and gums healthy. Worldwide studies reveal that over eighty percent of dogs and greater than seventy percent of cats over the age of three years, have dental diseases. While dental disease in pets can cause them considerable pain and discomfort, they are often good at concealing it. When you bring your furry friend in for their regular health consultation, our vets will do a dental check as a part of their head to toe examination. If you suspect your pet has a dental condition in between regular visits, book a dental consultation as early as possible.

Signs of Dental Disease in Pets

Apart from obvious signs of pain or discomfort, there are a number of other indications that your pet may have a dental condition.

Bad breath

If your pets smiles and kisses have become unpleasant due to bad breath, This can indicate an infection or decay.

Red or swollen gums

This can indicate an infection or abscess.

Reluctance to eat

Indicates eating is uncomfortable or painful

Tartar Build Up

This can lead to Gingivitis & Tooth loss.

Fractured Teeth

May lead to an abscess.

If your furball is showing any of these symptoms, they are probably feeling some level of discomfort or pain.

How We Help With Your Pets Dental Health

We believe it is better to prevent dental disease in pets whenever possible by getting them started on a dental care routine when they are puppies and kittens. If you have a new furry family member, our staff will be happy to advise you on how to keep their teeth and gums healthy. They can share information about foods that help to cleanse and strengthen teeth, chewable treats and regular tooth brushing. Even with a healthy diet and regular cleaning, it is possible that your pet will develop a build-up of plaque on their teeth over time. We can remove the plaque with a professional scale and clean. This treatment is done under anaesthetic and removes all accumulated plaque and tartar, leaving the teeth and gums fresh and clean. Plaque that is left untreated, hardens to form tartar which can lead to infection and gum erosion.

If your four legged friend has a more serious dental condition, we may need to investigate further with our advanced dental imaging equipment. The radiograph images will help us to determine the best line of treatment for their condition. In severe cases, tooth extraction may be required. Our goal is to preserve your pet’s teeth whenever possible but if a tooth is badly damaged or diseased, it may need to be removed to prevent further problems. Most cats and dogs adjust and recover well after a tooth extraction.

Regular Dental Checks for your Pets Health and Happiness

Just as their human family members require regular dental checkups, dogs and cats need them too. Because dental health affects their overall wellbeing, it is essential to keep your pets teeth and gums clean and well maintained. Your pets dental health will be checked at all consultations with our vets and they will advise you if any damage or disease is found. We will discuss results with you and recommend treatments if needed. If you suspect your pet may have a dental problem, contact our friendly staff to make an appointment for a consultation. Looking after your pets dental health will contribute to their overall health and happiness, give them a great smile and fresh kisses.

Veterinary Services

General Care

Dental Care

Desexing Pets

Pet Vaccinations

Blood Analysis

General Surgery

Medical Imaging

Non-Medical Services

Pet Grooming

Doggy Day Care

Dog Training

Pet Boarding

Puppy School

Frequently Asked Questions

What hours are you open?
We are open from Monday to Friday from 7:30am to 8pm and on weekends and public holidays from 9:00am to 6pm. The only days we are ever closed are Christmas day and New Year’s day.
Is it necessary to book an appointment?

Yes, in general we recommend that you make an appointment. Walk-in consultations will be accommodated wherever possible , however people with appointments will take priority.

We recommend that NEW CLIENTS arrive 5-10 minutes before their scheduled appointment, to allow time to process the NEW CLIENT and NEW PATIENT REGISTRATION FORMS.

EMERGENCY cases are welcome and will be seen as soon as possible where no appointment has been made.

What is your Policy regarding appointment changes or cancellation?

We ask that you contact us if you know you cannot make an appointment or if you are running late.

Can I pick my pet on the same day they have a dental or surgery procedure?

When you drop your pet off for a procedure, our staff will check your best contact number for the day,  and give you an estimated time for discharge.  Once your pet's procedure has been completed, one of our staff will contact you to set up a discharge appointment.   

What should I do if my pet has an injury or gets sick when you are closed?

We recommend that you take your pet to: 

Sydney Veterinary Emergency Specialists

675 Botany Road, Rosebery

ph: 02 9197 5800

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