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.
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.
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 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.
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