Free Dental Checks in August

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August is ‘Dental Month’ at South Cranbourne Veterinary Surgery, where we highlight the importance of good oral hygiene in our pets. To help get your pet’s oral health into a perfect state we are offering FREE dental checks and 10% off dental procedures for the month of August.  A free dental check involves the examination and discussion on the health of your pet’s mouth only. If you want to discuss other health issues with the veterinarian a normal consultation fee will apply.

But that’s not all! We also have a dental hamper available for one lucky winner valued at over $85. Visit our Facebook page at for details.

So why is Dental Health so important in our pets?

Periodontal disease (dental disease) is the most common disease diagnosed in dogs and cats. It is so common that 70% of cats and 80% dogs show signs of dental disease by the time they are two-years-old. 

Dental disease occurs when plaque build-ups on the teeth, leading to gingivitis (red, swollen gums), bad breath and eventual infection and loss of teeth. The infection caused by serious gum disease can also potentially affect the heart, kidneys and liver, so it is vitally important to keep your pet’s teeth in top condition. 

A number of factors can make your pet more susceptible to developing dental disease, including poor oral hygiene, old age and breed. Dental disease is more common in smaller breeds of dogs as their teeth are often overcrowded. 

Pets often will not show pain. Even pets with sore gums, infected mouths and broken teeth will continue to eat so owners may not see any problems. However, signs that your pet may have dental disease can include:

  • Bad breath
  • Yellow-brown crust on teeth
  • Bleeding gums
  • Changes in eating habits
  • Tooth loss
  • Abnormal drooling 

Dental disease does not only affect your pet’s mouth. Plaque build up on the teeth can irritate the gums and cause them to bleed. The bleeding gums then allow the bacteria from the plaque to enter your pet’s blood stream and travel throughout the body. This can affect your pet’s vital organs, such as their heart, kidneys and liver. It is therefore very important to get on top of any dental problem quickly. 

There are a number of things you can do to help prevent dental disease. These include

  • Regular Checks with the Veterinarian:
    Much like humans go to the dentist twice a year, it is a good idea to visit the veterinarian regularly to help maintain your pet’s oral hygiene. If teeth cleaning or extractions are required, this is performed under a general anaesthetic.
  • Brushing your pet’s teeth:
    This is not tolerated by many pets, but if started young and introduced slowly, it is the best method of preventing dental disease. Ask us at the clinic for some tips on introducing teeth cleaning.
  • Dental diets:
    Prescription diets, such as Hills Prescription Diet T/D™ are specifically designed to help clean your pet’s teeth. The kibble are slightly larger and require more chewing than regular kibble.
  • Food/Water Additives:
    Products such as Healthy Mouth™ or Troy Plaque-Off can be added to your pet’s water or food to help prevent plaque build-up.

If you’d like to join in Dental Month, call 5995 1451 to book in your pet’s FREE dental check!

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