Dental disease can affect dogs of any age and varies in severity however it can become more common as your pet gets older. Dental disease is associated with the accumulation of plaque on the teeth and tartar formation which affects the teeth and also the surrounding structures that support the teeth. As dental disease can cause pain and discomfort there are several symptoms that can suggest that your dog may be suffering with dental disease or trauma. These include a reduced appetite, showing an interest in food but then refusing to eat, bad breath, weight loss, pawing at the mouth and hyper salivation (drooling). If you are concerned that your dog is showing any of these symptoms then contact our reception and we will book an appropriate appointment for you.

There are many things that pet owners can do to help slow down the process of dental disease developing and regular checks with your vets are just one of them. In addition, a healthy diet that limits the development of dental plaque and regular brushing at home can all help to keep your dog’s teeth and gums healthier.

To provide optimum dental care at home, you need to start with a clean bill of dental health. Our vets at Clarendon House will give your dog a thorough oral examination to determine whether there are any underlying problems and, especially important, tartar build up. If disease is evident then treatment is necessary. Ultra-sonic dental scaling and polishing under anaesthetic is often required and if disease has progressed then extractions may be required. At Clarendon House your dog will be admitted into the surgery for the day where they will be cared for and continually monitored prior to, during and following the procedure by our dedicated veterinary professionals.

After removing the tartar above and below the gum line, our veterinary team will provide you with advice and guidance for home care and any ongoing care required.

Becoming a member of our Healthy Pet Club will enable you to enjoy discounts on dental treatments and a wide range of other benefits.

Your dog’s annual vaccination health check is an ideal time to discuss dental health care prevention and treatment with our vets, however if you would like to be seen before this time then please contact our reception team to book an appointment.