This is the beautiful Dilly who came in to see our Veterinary Surgeon Emily with a case of persistent smelly breath (halitosis). Despite Dilly’s owner’s best efforts (daily toothbrushing and dental chews to manage her calculus), she developed a condition called periodontitis which is an irreversible disease of the teeth and their attachments.
How our team treated Dilly
Dilly had a stage one dental procedure under anaesthetic to professionally clean her teeth (ultrasonic scaling), we took some oral x-rays and charted her mouth (looking for pockets, holes and wobbly teeth) so we could tell exactly how many teeth were affected and identify any teeth which needed removal.
After her gums had recovered, she came back four weeks later to have twenty-three teeth removed and her gums sutured to prevent infection. She recovered well from her anaesthetic and was back home and eating later that evening.
Seven days later at her follow-up appointment, it was confirmed that Dilly’s extraction sites had healed beautifully. Her owner said she was eating enthusiastically and appeared much happier in herself (and had much nicer smelling breath!).
Dental disease in dogs & cats is common
Over 80% of dogs and 85% of cats over the age of 3 have active dental disease and in many cases, this will require intervention (from professional cleaning to extractions). Dental disease is one of the most undiagnosed causes of pain for our pets and this can often be easily managed either through effective care given at home or veterinary intervention. Many pets will bravely persevere with eating and drinking and show no obvious symptoms despite suffering from oral pain.
If your pet is experiencing bad breath, has red/bleeding gums or discoloured teeth, please don’t hesitate to book an appointment with our team.