Up until the 15th April we are offering 20% off dentals (that’s an extra 10% if you are already signed up to our Pet Health Plan)!

For those pets that have no dental issues we are offering 20% off all blood tests!

*Both valid until 15th April 2017. Only 1 offer per client

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What causes painful red gums?

Bacteria causes gum disease. Straight after your pet eats, the bacteria, along with food, saliva, and other particles – forms a sticky layer called ‘plaque’ over tooth surfaces.

Gum disease is 5 times more common in dogs than humans, as dogs have a more alkaline mouth, promoting this plaque formation. Also, most dogs don’t have their teeth brushed everyday (although some with diligent owners do!), giving plaque-forming bacteria the chance they need to multiply.

Plaque causes reddening of the gums called gingivitis, which can initially be very subtle, making them more likely to bleed. If not removed over time, the plaque hardens, mineralising into tartar. This is the browny yellow hard substance on your dog’s teeth, and the perfect surface for even more plaque to stick to, speeding up the whole process.

Gingivitis is reversible but, if left untreated, it progresses to periodontitis…..and periodontitis is irreversible.

It is characterised by a loss of attachment for the tooth in the socket, which may lead to tooth mobility, loss of the tooth, severe infections and pain in your pet.

Bacteria may potentially enter the bloodstream every time your dog chews, causing infections much further afield in the heart, lungs and kidneys so you end up with a very ill pet.

Effects of severe gum disease can include abnormal bad breath (halitosis) caused by periodontal disease.

Never ignore this early warning sign of disease. There are many other causes of bad breath too, so it’s important to get it checked by us as soon as possible, rather than assume it’s normal or an inevitable sign of old age

Dental disease can be painful, but most animals are extremely good at covering up the signs and will rarely stop eating. So look out for difficulty in picking up food; bleeding or red gums; loose teeth; blood in saliva, water bowl or on chew toys; strange noises when eating; pawing at the mouth/face; and dribbling.

If in any doubt, ask one of our vets or nurses, and book your dog or cat in now for a dental!