TEL: 01382 225422
DD1 5BP, Dundee
Facilities : We carry out dentistry on dogs, cats, rabbits & guinea pigs
At Blackness vets we believe that the health of your pet's teeth plays a very important part in the overall wellbeing of your pet. Tartar build up on teeth is unfortunately very common in both dogs and cats, this leads to gum disease which can lead to fracture or loss of teeth or even allow bacteria to spread to other organs such as the heart or kidneys.
How do I know if my pet needs a dental?
Your pet will receive a dental check up at his yearly booster, or you can ask for an appointment if you are concerned about your pet's ability to eat, the smelliness or his breath or any damage you may have noticed to his teeth. It is usually possible to get a rough idea of the health of your pet's teeth during a consultation.
For a more detailed examination and for any treatment such as a scale and polish or extractions a full general anaesthetic is necessary. This will allow the vet to examine the entire dental arcade, the tongue, gums and palate in a safe and thorough fashion. It may not be possible to determine the number of extractions necessary until this examination takes place, and in many cases not until the tartar has been removed.
As rabbits and guinea pigs are herbivores, their teeth continue growing throughout their life. This can lead to problems if they do not wear them down evenly by eating a balanced diet of hay and vegetables. If your rabbit or guinea pig is having problems eating, they may need to have their teeth burred or rasped down under anaesthetic to prevent ulcers developing on the tongue.
Services : Dental Check ups
In the UK, 87% of dogs and 70% of cats over the age of three are affected by periodontal disease. Periodontal (or gum disease) is mainly caused in animals by a build up of plaque. This leads to infection of the gums and weakening of the tooth ligament which results in smelly breath, pain due to loose or decaying teeth and infection spreading to other parts of the body. Your pet's teeth will be checked at his annual vaccinations but if you suspect a problem in between times you can make an appointment for a dental check up.
You may have noticed a problem eating, or a swelling over the face or a funny smell from the mouth area. A vet will examine your pets mouth and assess the degree of tartar build-up or gingivitis (gum inflammation). We may recommend simply a course of antibiotics if we feel it is mainly an infection problem, or advise further examination under anaesthetic or dental work. Our nursing staff are trained to give you help and advice about the how to introduce dental care from an early age and can discuss what is best for your pet.
We also stock a variety of toothbrushes and pastes for a more traditional approach to dental care and we can give help and advice on the best way to go about initiating a tooth brushing routine.