The Tooth Fairy
Alpine Animal Doctors offer an extensive range of dental care through our purpose-built dental surgery. Oral health care for pets is vitally important for your pet’s overall wellbeing — just as important as keeping your own teeth and gums healthy.
Unfortunately, all too many people are unaware of the serious health issues that can arise when your precious pet suffers from unhealthy teeth and gums. It’s led to a crisis in animal oral health in Australia, with four out of every five dogs having some degree of gum disease, dental plaque, tartar or gingivitis. For cats the figure is even worse.
At the hospital we can provide treatment to fix these issues, with everything from a scale and polish of your pet’s teeth to extractions to surgery to remove tumours and abcesses affecting an animal’s gums.
When your pet visits our dental surgery it’s a little more involved than when you go to your own dentist for a routine visit.
Animals undergoing dental procedures must have a general anaesthetic before we can safely delve into that forest of sharp fangs. We may also take a series of x-rays that gives us a clear picture of each tooth, using digital equipment specially designed for dental radiology.
Because the bacteria in plaque and tartar can cause damage to the heart and kidneys your pet will often be given a short course of antibiotics prior to their dental appointment. Generally we will also take a blood test, particularly in older pets, to ensure the kidneys have not been compromised.
Despite all of these additional checks and procedures, oral health care for your pets will usually cost considerably less than your own dentist charges you. In most cases the cost will be largely covered by pet health insurance.
The best way to avoid the possibility of your pet ever needing extensive dental work is to make sure you book them in for a regular annual dental checkup, a simple, inexpensive procedure that can avoid a lot of problems further down the track. Prevention is always better than leaving treatment too long.