Check your pet's teeth

Dental disease a cause of serious illness in cats and dogs.

Dental disease is one of the most common problems diagnosed in pets.

According to the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA), 80% of dogs and cats over the age of three exhibit some level of dental disease.

Dental disease can cause bad breath, infection and pain in pets and serious illness if left untreated. Infected gums can allow bacteria to enter your pet’s bloodstream and lodge in small blood vessels, most commonly in the liver or kidneys, which can cause life-threatening disease.

Australian Veterinary Dental Society President Dr Rebecca Nilsen said a regular pet dental health check was important to detect and manage dental disease in pets.

“In partnership with your veterinarian good dental health for your pets is achievable, ensuring your pet stays happy and healthy,” Dr Nilsen said.

Regular health checks allow your vet the opportunity to examine your pet’s mouth and teeth and, if needed, schedule a dental cleaning procedure under anaesthetic to check for underlying dental disease. Your pet’s teeth are then professionally cleaned and any infected or loose teeth can be carefully extracted.

Dr Nilsen said pet owners should be wary of anaesthesia-free dentistry for pets.

“Anaesthesia-free dental procedures are purely cosmetic and do not identify dental disease which, if left untreated, can be painful and cause chronic health concerns,” she said.

“Book your pet in with your vet for a dental health check to receive the best professional advice around treating any dental disease your pet may have.”

AWLQ and RACQ are proudly working together to help Queensland pets. RACQ is offering pet owners three months’ free pet insurance when they either adopt an eligible pet from AWLQ or are a customer of an AWLQ vet clinic.