Pet Dentist Serving in Mulgrave

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Animal Dental care in an important part of looking after your pet’s health, as bad dental care can lead to more serious problems.

Effective animal dentistry focuses on the health of your pet's teeth and gums. Most dogs and cats develop plaque and calculus on their teeth which then leads to gingivitis (inflamed and infected gums). The plaque and calculus is made from food, bacteria and salts in saliva.

Unfortunately, most commercial pet foods contribute to this problem because they are soft and do not abrade the teeth. The infection in the gums can spread to other parts of the body and may cause kidney and heart disease.

At Glenvale Vet, teeth cleaning involves the use of ultrasonic scalers, subgingival curetting  and polishing followed by home care advice to minimise future plaque development. 

A pet dentist examines a dog's teeth in Burwood

Preventing dental disease

There are a number of preventative measures that can be taken to protect your dog or cat from dental disease, beginning with their diet. Feeding your pet specially formulated food and treats that are designed to clean teeth naturally, as well as using dental water additives, will all help combat decay.

Diagnosing dental disease

Teeth tend not to be looked at by owners on a regular basis. They are hidden under the lips and most pets don’t enjoy their mouths being examined. Signs of dental disease that you may notice at home include:

  • difficulty chewing
  • bad breath
  • preferring to eat soft food rather than hard dry food

At Glenvale, we will assess the health of your pets teeth & recommend options for effective treatment & also methods to prevent or delay the return of dental disease.


What does a dental clean involve?

A dental clean is very similar to a scale and polish for humans, but as animals won’t stay still for such a procedure, anaesthesia is required. We’ll assess your pet before doing this, identifying the degree of dental disease and deciding whether extractions, antibiotics or anti-inflammatories will be required.

The assessment may also include a physical exam, blood tests and urine tests to ensure your pet is healthy and able to withstand the anesthetic. Once sedated, we’ll then thoroughly clean the teeth using our specialist dental equipment and will discuss with you how best to care for your pet’s dental health afterwards.

Call today on 03 9802 9103  for more information about our animal dentistry in Glen Waverley.

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