This month our topic is Pet Dental Health.

During a dental health check examination the vet will be assessing the following areas:

  • No loose teeth
  • No broken teeth
  • No bleeding gums
  • That there is not a large buildup of plaque around the gumline
  • How the breath smells.

Pets that are fed a wet or raw food diet are much more likely to have bad dental health compared to a pet solely on a kibble/biscuit diet. The kibble naturally helps remove plaque on the teeth, the larger the nugget the better for the animal’s teeth.

Our dental care advice

Regular brushing of the pet’s teeth can aid their dental health and if this is carried out from a young age the puppy/kitten will get used to you being in and around their mouths.

If you have an older pet that will absolutely not let you anywhere near their mouth you can get a water additive or dental gels, which contain similar ingredients, and are an easy alternative to give your pet that little bit of extra care for their teeth.

Dental chews are also a beneficial way to help remove bacteria and plaque build-up between the teeth and gum line. However, be aware of the fact that some dental chews have high calorific content and therefore should only be used as per product feeding guidelines.

How Oralade can help

Oralade can be a great addition to helping your pet recover from dental work. By adding Oralade to dry food it helps it to soften which makes it a lot easier for the pet to get back to solid foods again. Oralade can also be frozen and used to calm and soothe the swelling in the animal’s mouth while providing the essential nutrients and electrolytes the animal will need in recovery.

Emma Johnston (former Veterinary nurse, Oralade)