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Dental Health Awareness – Where Pet Parents Can Really Make a Difference!

If you asked the GVC clinical team what advice they would give to pet parents to help their fur-babies enjoy a happy and healthy life, there is one answer you’d hear time and again…

Please help your pets look after their teeth.

Dental health and hygiene is an area that is so often overlooked but that should be recognized as highly important. Regular dental care for our animal companions is proven to impact both the quality and longevity of their lives. The World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) states that:

“Dental, oral, and maxillofacial diseases are by far the most common problem facing small animal practice. These conditions create significant pain, as well as localized and potentially systemic infection. As such, the World Small Animal Veterinary Association believes that un- and under treated dental disease poses a significant animal welfare concern.”

This is why discounted Dentistry is one of the many benefits that Pet Health Club members receive that aids regular interaction with the veterinary professionals at GVC and which is proven to support positive health benefits and the quality of life for our pet population.

In a previous blog, we described how we can help our feline friends, which isn’t so much about actually cleaning the teeth (although this can, believe it or not, be done) but helped to explain some of the positive actions we can take at home that can create sustainable, long-term benefits.

 

 

A regular Veterinary Dental Scale and Polish, which we recommend on an annual basis will definitely achieve basic benefits such as

  • Clean teeth
  • Plaque removed and
  • Fresh breath

But also, a regular check-up will

  • Prevent initially simple to solve dental issues developing into life-threatening conditions (untreated dental issues are an “access all areas” invitation for seriously nasty bacteria to enter your pet’s system)
  • Alleviate the threat or impact of chronic toothache (and we all know how that feels, although our pets tend to be a bit more stoic in dealing with the pain)
  • Remove damaged or decayed teeth that may create further issues

The list can go on but the picture is clear. Healthy teeth and gums are good for us and good for our pets.

When we consider that;

“Periodontal disease is the most common clinical condition occurring in adult dogs and cats, and is entirely preventable. By three years of age, most dogs and cats have some evidence of periodontal disease. Unfortunately, other than bad breath, there are few signs of the disease process evident to the owner, and professional dental cleaning and periodontal therapy often comes too late to prevent extensive disease or to save teeth.” – American Veterinary Dental College

And by most statistically this is understood to be 80 – 85% of dogs and cats over the age of three.

We at GVC want to make a difference, we want to help change the numbers and make unnecessary dental issues the exception not the norm by seeing your pet for regular checkups and giving them our best practice approach to dental care.

One of the many benefits within our Pet Health Club is a preferential rate for all dental treatments plus every visit with the clinical team will allow a quick dental check to be carried out. We will also be promoting periodic Dental Health focus months. GVC has invested into specialist equipment and training for our team to ensure that dental issues can be diagnosed and treated effectively, so we love the opportunity to put these to work for our furry friends!

Call us on 02 556 2024 or visit www.germanvet.ae to learn more and make an appointment.

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