The best way to care for your pets teeth, from a Dublin vet


Vets are not just treating dental disease, but taking new steps to prevent it. A major step in this process is encouraging owners to participate in their pet’s oral health at home.

Did you know…..??

– Dental care of dogs and cats is one of the most commonly overlooked areas of pet health care.

– Approximately 80% of all dogs and cats have periodontal disease by the time they are only two years old.

– Dental disease affects much more than fresh breath. It frequently leads to more serious health problems such as liver, kidney and heart disease.


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Here are some questions (and their answers) we regularly receive from clients:

1. Does my pet need to be placed under anaesthesia to perform dental work?

Typically, yes, your pet will need to be put under using anaesthesia to perform dental work, such as a tooth extraction. This is because pets can become anxious, distressed and upset during a dental examination, extraction or cleaning.

Placing a pet under anaesthesia is the safest choice for a pet’s overall well-being and allows our veterinary dental care team to successfully complete the cleaning or extraction. Prior to placing a pet under anaesthesia, our veterinarian can perform full diagnostic blood work to ensure that doing so is safe. However, some dental procedures may be completed without anaesthesia; talk to our veterinarian about what is right for your pet.

2. How often should I get my pet’s teeth professionally cleaned?

A pet’s teeth should be professionally cleaned once every year. This dental cleaning is an important opportunity to assess a pet’s overall dental health, remove plaque and tartar deposits from the gum line, and polish a pet’s teeth to reduce the risk for future tartar build up.

3. Our dog has a fractured tooth and does not seem bothered by it; do we really need to have it treated?

Yes, even if your pet does not seem to be bothered by a fractured tooth, it should still be treated. Chipped and/or cracked teeth are one of the most common veterinary dental problems. Ignoring these problems will not only affect your pet’s ability to eat, but may also lead to infections and more complex veterinary dental problems.

4. Is tooth extraction the only treatment option for impacted teeth?

In general, tooth extraction is the preferred treatment option for impacted teeth. Impacted teeth are typically seen in young pets are pets who have not received proper dental care. Impacted teeth must be removed while under anaesthesia.



It is important for all pet owners to know that pets can lead longer and healthier lives with good dental care. In fact, studies show that proper dental care can extend a pet’s life by as much as five years!

You can contact any of our Anicare branches for advice on the best dental care for your pet.

Contact Palmerstown Veterinary Hospital on 6237044 if you would like to speak with one of our team.


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