Dental Care

Dental disease is one of the most common problems we see in domestic pets. If your pet has dental disease, the first thing you will notice is bad breath. Other signs of dental disease include:

  • Yellow or brown staining on teeth
  • Bleeding red gums
  • Loose or missing teeth
  • Sore mouth and rubbing at the mouth
  • Drooling and refusal to eat

Many pets with dental disease need to have a dental procedure performed here at the Hospital. This is performed under anaesthesia and the teeth are cleaned, and rotten loose teeth are extracted. Small breeds of dogs are more commonly affected but dental disease can occur in all dog breeds and cats.



We are very committed to providing optimal dental care. We offer all of our clients free dental checkups for their pets. This is easily performed in the consult room and advice can then be given about future dental health care.

The best time to teach your pet how to look after their teeth is when they are young. Puppies from 3-4 months can be encouraged to chew rawhide bones, pigs’ ears, dental aids, tough fibrous pieces of meat (e.g. beef heart) and some raw bones. Care must be taken when feeding bones to ensure that only large, raw bones are used. Ingestion of cooked or small bones can lead to severe constipation and gastrointestinal irritation. Kittens can also be encouraged to chew fibrous pieces of meat on a regular basis.

Premium and prescription diets can also be used in adult pets as part of routine dental care.

Hills T/D is a fibrous food, with all the fibres running parallel to each other. During chewing, the tooth enters the kibble, which remains intact, and the plaque is scraped off. Normal dry food does not clean the tooth as the kibble shatters as the tooth penetrates it. In the photos below, the reduction in tartar buildup is evident in both the dogs and cats fed Hills td.

The Eukanuba and Iams range of premium pet foods have a crystal attached to the outside of the biscuit. When it comes in contact with the tooth it wipes away the plaque and binds to saliva to decrease tartar buildup.

These foods can be fed as the primary diet. Other dental aids should also be regularly give to maintain optimal dental health.

Can I brush my pets teeth?

Brushing your pet’s teeth, as you would your own, will result in less plaque buildup. This is best started from a young age. Daily brushing is best in a front to back motion. Chicken, cheese and beef flavoured pet toothpaste, pet toothbrushes and fingerbrushes are available here at the Hospital. Human toothpaste must not be used on pets due to the high fluoride content.