Warning of pet dental disease

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A leading Essex vet practice is giving pet owners advice on how to look after their animals’ dental health as part of a three-month awareness campaign.

Cherrydown Vets is urging people to look after their pet’s pearly whites, as dental disease among cats, dogs and rabbits is very common.

As part of its awareness campaign, Cherrydown Vets is offering free dental health checks with a vet nurse at all of its practices from now until March 31, during which nurses will examine pets’ mouths and give advice.

Dr Wood said: “Unfortunately, dental disease is extremely common in pets due to a combination of dietary and genetic factors.

“If plaque isn’t removed it can build up and become calcified. This can eventually lead to toothache, gingivitis and tooth loss. These conditions can be very painful and your pet may have difficulties eating.

“Daily brushing with pet-friendly toothpaste will help reduce the build-up of plaque and there are also dental diets which can be used to help prevent plaque build-up and keep teeth clean.

Dr Wood also warned of dogs chewing on what may seem an innocuous object, such as a tennis ball.

“Without sounding like a killjoy, tennis balls are not best friends to our dogs’ teeth. The tennis ball fibres collect sand, dirt and grit which can be very abrasive they can wear teeth down so the root is left exposed.

“It’s best to choose a soft or rubber ball. It’s also important not to let your dog or cat chew and play with hard or brittle items which could cause painful fractures to their teeth.”

To find out more the dental health campaign being run by Cherrydown Vets, which has branches in Basildon, Wickford and Stanford Le Hope, visit cherrydownvets.co.uk

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