When it comes to taking care of your pet, there is one aspect that is often overlooked that’s crucial for their overall wellbeing, and that’s dental hygiene. While we shower our pets with love, attention, and a proper diet, maintaining their oral health is equally vital. Our vets in Shefford will take optimum care of your pet’s dental health. In this blog, we look at the significance of dental hygiene for our beloved pets.

Much like in humans, a pet’s oral health is a reflection of their overall wellbeing. Dental issues in pets can lead to a range of health problems, including heart, kidney, and liver diseases. Regular oral care not only ensures a sparkling smile but also contributes to their longevity and quality of life.

Pets are masters at concealing pain, and dental problems often go unnoticed until they reach advanced stages. Regular brushing, dental check-ups, and professional cleanings can prevent the silent suffering caused by conditions like periodontal disease, gingivitis, and tooth decay.

Imagine the discomfort of eating with a toothache. Our pets experience the same discomfort when dental issues arise. Ensuring good dental hygiene enhances their ability to eat, play, and enjoy daily activities. A healthy mouth contributes to a happier and more active pet.

Just as we brush our teeth daily, our pets also benefit from regular brushing. Use pet-friendly toothpaste and a soft brush designed for their size. Start slow, allowing them to get used to the sensation, and gradually increase the frequency. Brushing helps remove plaque and prevents the buildup of tartar, reducing the risk of gum disease.

Providing your pets with dental treats and toys is a fun and effective way to promote oral health. Chewing helps reduce plaque and tartar buildup while also keeping their jaws strong. Opt for toys and treats designed to support dental hygiene, and watch as your pet enjoys both playtime and improved oral health. Connect with our vets in Shefford if you want to find out more about these toys and treats.

In addition to at-home care, regular veterinary check-ups are crucial. Veterinarians can identify early signs of dental issues, recommend appropriate treatments, and perform professional cleanings. These cleanings may involve scaling, polishing, and, if necessary, tooth extractions.

Henlow Vets is a top-rated independent veterinary practice centre. We provide the best quality treatment and care to your pets. Get in touch with us today to find out more.

Dr Andre Costa Pereira

Orthopaedic & Soft Tissue Expert

Andre graduated in 2011 and has been working
in the UK since 2013.

Since moving to the UK he has been working in busy hospitals, while training for his certificate in order to ensure high surgical caseload. For the past 3 years he has been the lead surgeon for a large group taking surgical referrals from the other clinics within the group.

He has attended many international congresses and courses to be up to speed with the most recent techniques and has trained with some of the best surgeons in the field.

He enjoys all aspects of soft tissue and orthopedics, but has a special interest in minimally invasive surgery, BOAS (brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome) and traumatology.

He has a certificate in Advanced Veterinary Surgery and is an Advanced Practitioner in small animal surgery.

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