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We all take a lot of care over our teeth.We brush them everyday, we floss, and we visit the dental hygienist to have them cleaned regularly. At the first sign of toothache, we would go to the dentist straightaway. What about our pets? It is vital that dental health is a priority for owners. Understandably, it is not always easy for owners to look inside their pet’s mouths, especially cats, to examine their teeth. At a pet’s routine annual health examination, there is a great opportunity for the vet to examine the gums and teeth to look for any dental problems that may be occurring. Waiting until the pet is showing symptoms of advanced dental disease (drooling, inappetance, lethargy, difficulty chewing, and facial swelling) is too late and makes tooth extractions the likely outcome. Dental disease in animals is being increasingly recognised as a significant cause of pain and ill health by the veterinary profession. Not only do infected, worn or broken teeth and gingivitis (inflammation of the gums) cause pain to the dog or cat, they can also seed bacteria to vital organs such as the kidneys, liver and heart valves causing infection and damage which can be life-threatening. It is important that vets educate owners on how to care for their pet’s teeth from the very start of ownership. Options for dental care at home include: diets that actually clean the tooth surface whilst the pet chews, enzymatic mouth gels, tooth-brushing with pet toothpaste, herbal supplements and dental chews.The aim of these treatments is to reduce the level of plaque and tartar on the teeth.This, in conjunction with regular ultrasonic scaling and polishing of our pet’s teeth under general anaesthesia, will ensure our pets have healthy teeth and gums for years to come. Remember, with Vetsure Cover & Care, you will get £20 off dental procedures.