Understanding Oral Veterinary Care And Why Your Pet Needs It

Christine Hawke

As pet owners, we understand the importance of keeping your pet healthy and happy. Brushing your pet’s teeth is the best (but not the only) way to do this. However, we understand that daily oral care is not always as easy for pets as it is for us. If your dog or cat continuously gives you a hard time when it comes to their oral care routine, regular veterinary dental treatments are a must to maintain their overall well-being. In this blog, we’ll explore the significance of our oral veterinary care and why it is crucial for your pet’s health.

The Importance Of Oral Health For Pets

Animal dental disease is a prevalent issue that affects pets of all ages and breeds. From tartar buildup and gum disease to fractured teeth and oral tumours, dental problems can cause pain, discomfort, and even systemic health issues if left untreated. That’s why maintaining good oral hygiene and seeking professional veterinary dental care is crucial for your pet’s health and longevity.

What Do We Mean By Oral Veterinary Care?

It’s pretty simple – the care of ALL the tissues in the mouth – i.e. care of the bones, gums and other soft tissues in the mouth is a big part of what we do. Sydney Pet Dentistry is not just teeth!

Preventative oral care is effective at increasing the length of time between visits to your vet. So brushing, dental chews and a whole range of other tactics can be used. You can also look for the seal of the Oral Veterinary Health Council when choosing preventative products.

Treatment of oral veterinary disease is a big part of what we do. Problems such as infections, trauma and cancer can happen in any area of the mouth, not just the teeth. Compared to your (human) dentist, we would be (1) a dentist and (2) an oral surgeon.

Why Your Pet Needs Oral Veterinary Care

Regular dental care provided by veterinary professionals is essential for several reasons:

  1. Preventative Care: Routine dental cleanings and examinations can help prevent dental problems before they develop into more serious issues.
  2. Pain Management: Dental diseases such as periodontal disease can cause pain and discomfort for pets. Oral veterinary services can help alleviate pain and improve your pet’s quality of life.
  3. Systemic Health: Dental concerns in pets can lead to systemic health issues, including heart disease, kidney disease, and respiratory infections. By addressing oral health issues promptly, you can help prevent these potentially life-threatening conditions.
  4. Long-Term Health: Investing in your pet’s oral health can contribute to their overall health and well-being, helping them live longer, happier lives.

Ensuring your pet receives regular oral veterinary care is essential for maintaining its oral health and overall well-being. By partnering with referral veterinary dentists, you can provide your pet with the highest quality of dental treatment and preventive care.

Remember, just like us, our pets deserve the best possible dental care to keep them healthy and happy for years to come. Get in touch with Sydney Pet Dentistry today for the best in oral veterinary services!

Christine Hawke

Christine has been a vet since 1993, graduating with First Class Honours and the University Medal from the University of Sydney. After several years in small animal general practice (in both Australia and the UK) she went back to study and was awarded her PhD in immunogenetics in 2004.

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