This article is Part 4 of our series, educating pet owners about the importance of proper dental care for your dogs and cats. Click to read Parts 1, 2 and 3 – and here to view our special offers for the month of August 2016.

It’s never too late…

August is National Pet Dental Month here at Pet Doctor and our aim is to help you detect and prevent dental issues for your dogs and cats.

This month’s initiative is in conjunction with the Australian Veterinary Association’s (AVA) campaign titled, “It’s Never Too Late – Seniors Need Dental Care, Too”. The campaign’s aim is to educate pet owners about the benefits of annual dental health checks and regular tooth brushing for older pets.

Did you know that 4 out of every 5 dogs and cats over the age of 3 years (or 21 dog years) have some sort of dental disease? This only becomes more severe with age and can be a real problem for pets and their owners – the longer dental disease goes undiagnosed, the higher the risk of your pet losing most (if not all) of their teeth due to infection and decay.

All of that bacteria has to go somewhere!

If your pet has long-term dental disease, all of the bacteria in their mouth that causes plaque and tartar gets swallowed with their saliva and can invade the blood stream, leading to more serious problems such as illnesses related to the heart, liver or kidney.

Regular dental checks by your vet can help prevent the serious consequences of gum disease in older pets.

The team here at Pet Doctor are offering free dental checks all through the month of August. Plus, everyone who comes in for a free dental check goes in the draw to win one of two dental gift baskets valued at $250! Please contact our Woodville or West Lakes clinics to book your free appointment today.

*Conditions apply.