Dental care tips for your pet

We all know dental care is important for us and our pets.  In animals, dental disease can be a relatively silent but debilitating condition. We have a special offer this month for a free dental check up and 10% of all dental procedures.

Seven signs your pet has dental disease

  1. Smell from the breath.
  2. Drooling.
  3. Dog Dental Consult Inactivity/less inclined to play, lethargy.
  4. Personality or temperament change, less social (i.e. aggression/depression).
  5. Pets can be ‘head shy’ not as keen for rubs on the head or touching of the mouth.
  6. Changes in eating habits i.e. eating less/not eating hard food in preference of soft food.
  7. dropping food out of the mouth/wincing in pain during eating.

Five symptoms we look out for during dental examination:

  1. Tartar build- up.
  2. Reddening of gums (gingivitis).
  3. Evidence of fractured/broken teeth.
  4. Dental decay (caries).
  5. Evidence of teeth abscesses.

We use the same equipment as a human dentist to ensure your pet gets the best dental care. Our dental equipment helps us to ensure that we can gently return your pets teeth to like they were as a puppy.

  • Our new ultrasonic de-scaler/polisher dental system efficiently and gently returns your pet’s teeth to like they were as a puppy!
  • Just as you experience at your dentist the teeth are thoroughly scaled then polished.
    • Results with our machine show that the tartar does not build up again as quickly as it does with other less modern systems.
  • Polishing after scaling is an essential part of the dental procedure.
    • While it adds extra time to the procedure it will greatly benefit the health of the teeth and extend the intervals between dentals considerably.
  • Polishing is always performed on dentals done at the Animal Care Hospital

Top tips to  keep your pets teeth shiny, healthy and clean


  • By chewing something hard, i.e. toys, a good marrowbone (must not be breakable), biscuits and being fed on a complete dry diet (hills science plan/TD diet-700 gm sample included with your dental,- free).
  • This action cleans the teeth and keeps them strong and healthy.


  • If your pet will cooperate, this is the best way to keep the teeth clean.
  • Brushing your pet’s teeth doesn’t take much time and is fairly easy. It is a lot easier to start at a young age.
  • We have specifically formulated animal toothbrushes and toothbrushes available at the surgery.
  • It is not recommended to use human toothpaste, as they are too minty and frothy and contain high levels of fluoride.
  • Ask one of our nurses for a demonstration.

Regular Check-ups

Remember (as with our own teeth) by doing a scaling and polishing on time you will save your pets teeth, prevent significant complications and have a healthier (& “sweeter smelling”) pet.

The Animal Care Hospital Douglas is proud to offer #Fearfree care to our pets, we want to ensure your pet feels comfortable and calm when they come to visit us at the veterinary practice. Read more about our Fear Free Approach.

If you need any advice about pet dental care, please get in touch  (021) 489 3033.