Jack's Pearly Whites

This month we are celebrating pearly whites, and with that comes our patient of the month!

Jack Healy is one of our dapper seniors who this month was in for a dental.

We initially saw Jack for a general check-up, arthritis injection (synovan) and a dental check where a small fracture was noticed. Before we could even think about treating this fracture we needed to check that Jack was healthy on the inside, so we booked him in for a Pre-Anaesthetic blood test.  The results came back all normal and shortly after we conducted his dental treatment under Anaesthetic.

Jack was very brave during his stay with us, especially since we ended up having to extract a few teeth.  Jack was given pain relief before, during and after his Anaesthetic to ensure he never felt any pain.  After a short recovery, he was up and about and looking ready to go home and lie in the sun and grass with his more comfortable and healthy smile!

Did you know that over 85% of cats and dogs over the age of four have some form of periodontal disease; and with that comes not only bad breath, but pain and in some cases, infection. If left, periodontal disease can progress rapidly and the issues associated with it can make your pet pretty unwell.

Luckily, there are many ways owners can help prevent or maintain good oral hygiene from home.

At Carlton Vet Surgery we are all about prevention and will always help out with creating a dental hygiene plan for you and your pet, which may include a scale and polish to help keep things on track.

For starters, here at Carlton we offer free dental checks - this gives us a chance to have a good look at your pets mouth so we can assess if it’s time for a clean, polish, extraction or maybe a new diet such as the Hill’s t/d or Royal Canin Dental.

Mouths can be very sore when things aren’t right - everyone reading this has probably experienced some kind of tooth ache - which is why it’s important to maintain good oral hygiene for ourselves and our pets.

 After all, having a healthy mouth will help your pet stay happy and healthier for longer - and who can say no to that?!

 What can you do from home? Easy - there are a multitude of options available to help you maintain your pets teeth and gums.

  • Brushing
  • Treats and Chews
  • Dental Diets
  • Mouthwash/rinses
  • Dental toys
  • Surgical intervention

After a dental we recommend two post-operative checks: one at day three afterwards and one at day 10 - this is to ensure that the mouth is healing correctly and that there are no signs of irritation.

In some cases, like Jack’s, soft foods will have to be temporarily offered - this is to help prevent infection and to let the mouth and sutures have enough time to heal and to allow for any new crowns to set firmly in place.

If you feel that your pet has pretty gnarly ‘round the clock’ breath, then give us a call or drop in today to book in a Nurse or Vet Dental Check!