In recognition of AVA’s (Australian Veterinary Association) Pet Dental Health Month, RSPCA Victoria is reminding Victorians to remember to take care of their pets’ teeth as part of overall pet care.
Oral heath for pets is imperative for their overall health and wellbeing. Sometimes causing bad breath, dental disease can also cause painful infections and if left untreated, bacteria can cause serious disease.
Dental disease is the most common health condition affecting pets, with 70% of cats and 80% of dogs experiencing some level of dental disease by three years of age.
Dental disease can cause significant pain for pets and, as it advances, pets can experience tooth and gum infection, inflammation, and bone and tooth loss. It is essential that good dental care for our pet is made a priority.
A focus on oral health for Victoria’s companion animals has never been more important. While many pet owners are postponing regular health checks during the COVID-19 restrictions, it’s important to remember that dental health is one of the most important elements of general pet care.
RSPCA Victoria Chief Veterinarian, Dr Emma Bronts says that regular dental health checks for pets are important in order to detect and manage dental disease. “Our pets need regular and consistent dental care to make sure their teeth stay healthy and functional for as long as possible, and to prevent dental plaque and tartar build up and dental and periodontal disease.
Dr Bronts also said, “Your pet’s dental health impacts their overall health so if you postpone a regular check-up due to the shutdown, make sure to book an appointment as soon as restrictions ease. It’s important your vet regularly examines your pet’s mouth and teeth, and if needed, schedule a dental scale and polish procedure.”
While RSPCA Victoria’s veterinary services continue to operate, unless pets show symptoms indicating infection or pain, regular dental check-ups should be postponed until the current restrictions ease.
A healthy diet and dental products are essential to assist in oral health maintenance. RSPCA Victoria is offering 30% off dental products and 20% off dental food to assist Victorians in continuing to care for their pets’ dental health. Visit RSPCA Victoria’s online shop for more details.
Additional information about oral health for pets can be found on RSPCA Knowledgebase