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Good Dental Health Crucial to Your Pet's Wellbeing

30 July 2014

AUSTRALIA - Vets are encouraging pet owners to have their furry friends checked for gum disease as part of the Australian Veterinary Association’s Pet Dental Month this August.

With the theme, What lurks beneath: gum disease in pets often goes unnoticed; it highlights the importance of regular dental checks to prevent the serious consequences of gum disease in pets.

Dr Rod Salter, President of the AVA’s Australian Veterinary Dental Society, said that many pet owners don’t realise that infected gums and teeth can lead to infections in the kidney, heart, and liver, and even fractured jaws.

“Plaque and tartar contain a multitude of bacteria and toxins that can spread to other parts of the body through the bloodstream,” he said.

“Annual dental check-ups and ongoing dental care can prevent some of these serious side effects. Dental disease progresses in stages so it’s important it’s caught early to prevent further damage.

“Common signs of dental disease include bad breath, inflamed gums, broken teeth and in some cases a reluctance to eat.

“Some pets will require dental cleaning to minimise the risk of other infections. It’s similar to human dental cleaning – plaque and tartar removal, checking for gum pockets, loose teeth, growths on the gum or palate, removal or treatment of diseased teeth and finally polishing. And this has to be conducted under general anaesthetic to ensure the welfare of the animal is protected.

“Good dental health means better overall health and a mouth free from pain,” Dr Salter said.

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