Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

How Teeth Go to the Dogs

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

How Teeth Go to the Dogs

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Byline: Tom Williams tom.williams@dailymercury.com.au

THEIR smiles may not always be as pretty as humans, but our pets get tooth aches just like us, only they can't always let us know they are in pain.

This week is the Australian Veterinary Association's Pet Dental Week, and vets are urging pet owners to take care of their fury friend's teeth and gums.

Nebo Road Animal Hospital Veterinarian Rowan Pert said dental hygiene in animals is a very important issue.

"Periodontal disease affects our pet's lives more than we realise,a Mr Pert said.

"Diseased gums can have a profound effect on animals from as early age as two years. Seventy to 80 per cent of any pet over the age of five years has some form of dental disease."

Mr Pert said infected gums and teeth were uncomfortable for animals and could spread infection.

"For example, cats are susceptible to kidney disease if they already have periodontal diseases," Mr Pert said.

"Any animal that's teeth are hidden under lips and can't be seen are at risk, they can be in pain and their owner does not even know it. …

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