Oh, Oh – it’s teeth cleaning time – KoKo

August is Pet Dental Month
Wembley Veterinary Hospital has some good advice in their newsletter which I would like to share with you. Their news is in “commas” whereas my comments are in sloping writing – KoKo

“Dental disease is one of the most common conditions affecting pets. It can cause bad breath, pain and difficulty eating or chewing. If left untreated it can lead to infections, loss of teeth, abscesses and can even cause infections in other parts of the body.”

“The best way to prevent Dental disease is to start early, and not wait until your Pet already has signs of disease.”

Whoops I already have one bad tooth, but I am 10 and a half years old, so I have done pretty well I think! – KoKo

“Preventative measures like encouraging your dog to chew and use their teeth for what they are designed to do is ideal. You can use dental chews or raw meaty bones to make up about 20% of their diet. They allow them to chew or tear material from the food, which is good for their teeth, and helps to occupy them when they at home during the day.”

“It is important that the bone is raw and meaty. Some people use bones that are just large slabs of hard long bone. These are often too fatty so can upset tummies, and they are generally TOO HARD and can cause tooth fractures.”

I agree with Dr Garry Edgar. My tummy felt very dizzy the next day, and rumbled and tumbled, after eating a fatty bone. (and, sorry for the gory detail, but I also have runny poos that are not nice)- KoKo.

“The best bones are big enough to not completely fit in your Dog’s or Cat’s mouth, as well as malleable and meaty to force them to use effort to chew. Things like chicken, turkey or lamb necks are ideal.”

Yummy, Yummy – KoKo

“If your Dog or Cat won’t chew meaty bone, then some pet foods can help to force them to chew. Eukanuba contains phosphorous crystals to help scrub their teeth, while a biscuit like Hills T/D has a matrix of fibre to make them chew and break the biscuits up before being swallowed. Or use one of the dental mouthwashes or gels, or brush your Pets’ teeth!”

“What if it’s too late and your pet is suffering from significant dental disease? Wembley Veterinary Hospital can help! Tartar build up can be removed by an ultrasonic scaler, just like when you go to the dentist, and once clean, all the teeth can be thoroughly examined and any diseased teeth can be extracted. The procedure is under general anaesthetic and is a day procedure, so your pet will go home the same day with beautiful fresh breath.”

Here is my doggie mate Digby showing his teeth

Dig by showing his teeth


Digby showing his teeth

and this is me

KoKo's teeth (while having a hair grooming session!)


KoKo’s teeth (while having a hair grooming session!)

“Once the teeth are all clean, Gary Edgar and his team can plan a preventative regime to keep your pet’s teeth clean and sparkling for as long as possible. This may involve brushing, dental diets, increasing chewing (on raw meaty bones or chew treats such as Greenies.”

  • these are both my favourites KoKo)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brushing your pet’s teeth regularly is the ideal way of keeping them clean, but remember not to use human toothpaste, as this is not safe for your pet to swallow. There are also plenty of options for those pets who are not so keen on having their teeth brushed.”

My human Mum Helen knows something – she told me I should let her clean my teeth. As usual, I was a bit dogmatic and refused. Now I have one bad tooth that is about to fall out. I’m sure it will be easier if I sleep while the vet removes it before it puts me off my food (that would be a disaster – you all know I love my food!!) – KoKo

Sentences in italics are KoKo’s© 2016 Helen Potter

The article is Copyright © 2016 Wembley Veterinary Hospital

One thought on “Oh, Oh – it’s teeth cleaning time – KoKo

  1. KoKo thank you for telling your doggie mates and their parents about teeth care. It can become very unpleasant for you and very expensive for us parents if you don’ looked after your teeth. Imagine having to eat sloppy food with no bones or chicken necks or Greenies to add joy to your day! Have fun in the park Cuddles from Mum Helen

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