Locations

Dyas

2 Dyas Road
Kingstanding
Birmingham
B44 8SF

Tel: 0121 377 7215
Fax: 0121 373 1438

dyas@valuevets.com

Kings Heath

304 Vicarage Road
Kings Heath
Birmingham
B14 7NH

Tel: 0121 444 4154
Fax: 0121 444 8955

kingsheath@valuevets.com

Lazy Hill

21 Anchor Road
Aldridge
West Midlands
WS9 8PT

Tel: 01922 456 236
Fax: 01922 744 383

lazyhill@valuevets.com

New Hall

215A Walmley Road
Sutton Coldfield
West Midlands
B76 2PP

Tel: 0121 313 1919
Fax: 0121 313 1315

newhall@valuevets.com

Stone Cross

261 Walsall Road
Stone Cross
West Bromwich
B71 3HR

Tel: 0121 588 6451
Fax: 0121 567 5001

stonecross@valuevets.com

Sutton Park

343A Jockey Road
Sutton Coldfield
West Midlands
B73 5XD

Tel: 0121 354 4949
Fax: 0121 355 6202

suttonpark@valuevets.com

Valley

11a Bowstoke Road
Great Barr
Birmingham
B43 5EB

Tel: 0121 357 4600
Fax: 0121 358 4630

valley@valuevets.com

West Bromwich

130 Lodge Road
West Bromwich
West Midlands
B70 8PL

Tel: 0121 553 0070
Fax: 0121 553 1330

westbromwich@valuevets.com

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At Value Vets, oral hygiene is regarded as an important part of every dog, cat, ferret and rabbit’s general health and we encourage regular dental check ups for your pets.

Dental disease can occur in young and aged animals so it is vital your pet gets used to having his/her mouth examined regularly. However, dogs, cats and ferrets get different dental problems to rabbits and require different types of treatment.

Dogs & Cats: Dental Scoring System

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Dental Chart (Click to enlarge)

At Value Vets we use a Dental Scoring System to assess your pets teeth. At each level a different cause of action is needed. From these charts we can then decide what treatment is needed.

Tartar         Hard brown material which builds up on the teeth when plaque isn’t removed.

Gingivitis   Inflammation of the gums caused by  tartar (red gums). Also causes bad breath.

Treatment

If tartar and gingivitis are already present, your pet will need a general anaesthetic to have the teeth cleaned. Once under the anaesthetic the teeth are scaled with a sonic scaler to remove the tartar. This is followed with the use of a curette, an instrument that removes material from under the gum line. At this stage the teeth are probed to examine them for fractures, caries (holes) or gum recession.

Teeth that are a source of pain will be extracted. This can be quite a major surgical procedure as many teeth have multiple large roots. Dissolvable sutures may be placed to encourage healing. The clean, healthy teeth are then polished and a treatment applied  to smooth the surface and prevent rapid re-attachment of plaque.

Rabbits

Rabbits tend to suffer problems from overgrowth of teeth as their teeth grow continuously throughout life. Diet plays an important part in keeping teeth healthy.
Advice on diet and dental care for rabbits and other ‘small furries’ is available.