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August is Pet Dental Month

The Moe Veterinary Centre will be running a pet dental month promotion throughout August to raise awareness of pet dental problems, prevention and treatment.

As an initiative of the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA), the aim of the campaign is to educate pet owners about the benefits of annual dental health checks and regular tooth brushing.

Miss Lauren Campbell, a nurse from the Moe Veterinary Centre said that four out of five dogs and cats over the age of three years have some sort of dental disease which may go unnoticed by their owners.

“Pets often won’t show pain. Even pets with sore gums, infected mouths and broken teeth will continue to eat so owners may not see any problems,” she said.

So how can you tell if your dog or cat has a toothache?

“Your pet’s breath should not smell bad. Bad breath is a sign of infection. Gums may be red and inflamed and the teeth stained with tartar or they may start dropping food.

“Annual dental health checks are an ideal opportunity for owners to find out if their pet has existing problems which have gone unnoticed. Dental health checks also help ensure bacteria and poisons from dental infections do not spread to the heart, liver and kidneys through the blood stream.

“We also recommend regular tooth brushing and many cats and dogs can be trained to enjoy having their teeth brushed, especially if you start at an early age.

“About 80 per cent of adult animals have some degree of dental disease, which becomes more severe with age.”

To make an appointment to have your pet’s teeth checked, please phone 03 51273511

Information is also available on the AVA website at www.ava.com.au/dental-month.