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Time to Step Up your Cat's Dental Routine?


Greencross Vets today announced an alarming new statistic, that found over 80% of Australian cats and dogs will develop dental disease by 3 years of age.

Greencross Vets Director, Dr. Michael Yazbeck says “Dental disease is a serious issue that continues to be overlooked by Aussie pet parents who don’t realise pet’s teeth need daily bushing and a regular dental routine”.
“Dental disease is painful for pets and can often progress to a severe stage before the pet is even taken to the vet." 
"If you can’t remember the last time you brushed your pet’s teeth, there is a high likelihood they could be suffering from dental disease,” he said.


Greencross Vets has partnered with Petbarn to warn the public of the 7 signs of dental disease and provide practical pet dental advice in an attempt to lower the statistics and reduce the number of Aussie pets that are unknowingly suffering.

Dental disease is inflammation of the gums and supporting tissues caused by a build-up of plaque and tartar. This occurs both above and below the gum line and over time can lead to the destruction of the supportive tissues of the teeth, including bone, resulting in bad breath, oral pain and loss of teeth. 

If left untreated, dental disease advances and can contribute to certain forms of heart, liver and kidney problems.

There are 7 signs of dental disease that pet owners can look out for, and should take their pet to the vet if they notice them:

1. Bad smelling breath

2. Discolouration or build-up of plaque and tartar on teeth

3. Redness of inflammation of the gum

4. Difficulty eating or loss of appetite

5. Discomfort, lumps, or bleeding around mouth

6. Swelling under the eye

7. Pawing at the mouth or chattering of the teeth

Maintaining pets’ dental health is essential to their overall wellbeing. In most cases, dental disease is preventable with the right care. Dog owners can protect their dog’s teeth and health in a number of ways:

1. Brush their teeth with a pet toothbrush

2. Feed dental treats and chews

3. Feed a dental diet

4. Play with dental toys

5. Use plaque control gels, rinses and water additives

6. Regularly visit the vet who can perform dental examinations and provide prevention and treatment plans

MEDIA RELEASE, 14th July 2021
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