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A Purrfect Smile: Recognising Dental Disease Symptoms and Treatment for Dogs and Cats

A bright, healthy smile isn't just for humans; it's essential for our furry friends too. Dental disease is a prevalent issue among dogs and cats, and recognising the symptoms and understanding the treatment options are crucial for maintaining their overall health and happiness. In this blog post, we'll explore the symptoms of dental disease in dogs and cats and discuss effective treatment options.

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Symptoms of Dental Disease in Dogs and Cats

  1. Bad Breath (Halitosis): Foul-smelling breath is often one of the earliest signs of dental disease in pets. While "doggy breath" is common, persistent bad breath can be indicative of a dental problem.

  2. Gingivitis: Red, swollen, or bleeding gums are typical signs of gum disease. If you notice your pet's gums looking inflamed or if they bleed when you touch them, it's time to take action.

  3. Changes in Eating Habits: Dental pain can make chewing uncomfortable, leading to changes in your pet's eating habits. They might eat more slowly, drop food, or avoid hard kibble altogether.

  4. Excessive Drooling: Dental issues can lead to increased drooling in both dogs and cats.

  5. Pawing at the Face: Pets often paw at their face or mouth when they're experiencing dental discomfort.

  6. Tooth Discolouration or Loss: Yellow or discoloured teeth, as well as missing teeth, can indicate advanced dental problems that require attention.

Treatment Options for Dental Disease in Dogs and Cats

  1. Professional Dental Cleaning: Just like humans, dogs and cats benefit from professional dental cleanings. These cleanings are typically performed under anaesthesia to ensure a thorough job. Our veterinarian will remove tartar, clean below the gumline, and address any dental issues. Some pets may require a dental clean once to twice a year.

  2. Tooth Extraction: In advanced cases of dental disease, tooth extraction may be necessary to eliminate pain and prevent further complication. Rest assured that pets can adapt quite well to missing teeth.

  3. Teeth brushing: Once your pet had professional dental cleaning, you can implement a teeth brushing routine with your pet at home. Aim to brush your pet's teeth at least three times a week, if not daily. Start slowly and reward your pet with treats and praise.

  4. Dental Diets and Treats: Special dental diets and treats, such as Hills t/d diet, Greenies and Oravet, are designed to promote oral health by reducing plaque and tartar buildup. They can be excellent addition to your pets dental care routine.


Dental disease in dogs and cats is a common issue that can lead to discomfort and more severe health problems if left untreated. Being vigilant about your pet's dental health by recognising the symptoms and taking preventive measures is key to ensuring they main a healthy and happy smile. Regular veterinary check-ups, professional dental cleanings, and good home dental care practices are the building locks of a beautiful and pain-free smile for your beloved furry companion.

If your pet show symptoms of dental disease, be sure to contact us for a veterinary house call appointment. Our mobile veterinary vehicle services Boondall, Fitzgibbon, Taigum, Deagon, Geebung, Zillmere, Bracken Ridge, Carseldine, Northgate, Wavell Heights, Virginia, Aspley, Banyo, Chermside and surrounding suburbs.

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