4 tips on how to look after your pets dental health!


Without regular cleanings, plaque can build up along your pet’s gum line, increasing the risk for gum disease, bacterial infections and other health problems.

In fact, it is estimated that at least 80% of pets aged three years or older have periodontal disease – and many pet owners do not even realise it!


At Palmerstown Veterinary Hospital we are committed to helping all pets live long, healthy lives. Pet dental care is an important part of achieving this goal.

Here’s what you need to know to help your pet stay healthy:

  • 1: Bad breath is a sign of oral health problems. Sure, your pet’s breath may never be a bed of roses, but bad breath is more than just unpleasant. It’s a sign of dental problems, including gum disease. Don’t ignore bad breath; if you see other symptoms, such as bleeding or swollen gums, schedule a dental checkup for your pet.
  • 2: Regular at-home brushing is essential. Most veterinarians recommends brushing at least once per week. If your pet is (understandably) nervous around a toothbrush, start small by introducing a tiny dollop of dog/cat toothpaste on your finger and then massage your pet’s gums. Gradually introduce a toothbrush and reward your pet after each brushing.
  • 3: Schedule regular dental cleaningsA day in the life of a Veterinary NurseWhen plaque hardens into tartar, the only way to remove these tartar deposits is with a professional cleaning. Our vet will scale your pet’s teeth, scraping away tartar deposits and then polish your pet’s teeth to reduce future plaque buildup.
  • 4: Choose dental-friendly treats. Rope toys, dental sticks and other dental-friendly treats can act as natural “floss” and breath fresheners for your pet. Our vet can recommend healthy rewards and dental-friendly pet food during your next visit.

Feel free to schedule a complimentary appointment with one of our Veterinary nurses today. Call us on 01 6237044.



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