Frankston Heights Veterinary Centre
231 Frankston-Flinders Rd
Frankston, VIC, 3199
Phone: 03 5971 4888
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Welcome to dental month! As usual we are offering our FREE pet dental check ups throughout August, and this year have extended the offer to the end of September.

All pets benefit from regular dental checks and for young patients a change of diet or some regular cleaning may be all that is needed.

For our older patients, bad breath, inflamed gums or dirty or loose teeth may develop and those patients need our help.

As you can see from the photos, if needed, a dental procedure can make a huge difference to the health of the mouth.

So book your free appointment during August or September.

PS Both Orovet chews and Hills t/d (tooth diet) will be at special prices during this time.





Contents of this newsletter

01  A huge thank you to our clients

02  A healthy mouth equals a healthy pet

03  Dental X-rays

04  Can you clean my pet's teeth without an anaesthetic?

05  It's never too late for dental care

06  Mastiff takes a mud bath

01 A huge thank you to our clients

What a fantastic way to end the financial year!

Due to the generosity of our clients through our Clip for a Cause, we were able to distribute over $1000 between several of our wonderful charities - Pets in the ParkDogs For Kids with Disabilities, West Arnhem Land Dog Health Project and Search and Rescue Dogs Australia.

We were delighted to welcome Julie Cowan - founder of SARDA together with Tank to talk to us about their work. And were happy to hear news of another successful visit to NT for the WALDHeP team.

Pets in the Park has treated over 200 pets for the homeless of Frankston and the Peninsula, and DKD continues to train wonderdogs for kids in need.

We cannot thank you enough for embracing our charities and helping Frankston Heights give a little back to the pets and people who make up our veterinary community.

02 A healthy mouth equals a healthy pet

There's no getting around this one. If you want your pet to live a healthy life, they need to have a healthy mouth!

There is now plenty of evidence to prove that dental disease is linked to other problems such as heart disease, so it is absolutely essential we keep an eye on your pet's oral health.

Dental disease strikes when plaque and tartar accumulate on the teeth and lead to infection of the gums. Bacteria from this infection can travel in the blood stream around the body and can impact the heart as well other organs such as the lungs and kidneys. 

The good news is that many of these problems can be reversed if dental hygiene is improved - and that's where we come in!

If we detect dental disease we will recommend a dental procedure to help remove the plaque and tartar and resolve any infection. We will also remove any diseased teeth that might be causing your pet significant pain.

Here are our top tips for preventing dental disease:

  • Get your pet's mouth checked by us. We will be able to spot problems early - this is essential to good dental care. A check at least once a year is vital.
  • Get your pet eating the correct food. A premium quality dry diet is essential for good oral health. There are excellent dental diets available and they really work so ask us for the best recommendation.
  • Brush your pet's teeth. This is considered gold standard - just make sure you use a pet-safe toothpaste.

We recommend a dental check up at least once a year. Regular checks will help to protect your pet's overall health and might just save their life!

When it comes to your pet's oral health, you should always turn to us for advice.

03 Dental X-rays

As part of your pet's dental procedure, we are now able to take detailed dental x-rays, which allow us to look at the tooth roots and the bone of the jaw under the gums. This gives us a much more thorough assessment of the mouth and better treatment outcomes.

04 Can you clean my pet's teeth without an anaesthetic?

The answer is NO..A dental procedure without an anaesthetic is likely to be painful, deliver inadequate treatment and cause profound fear.

Without an anaesthetic we cannot perform a thorough examination of your pet's mouth, and there is simply no way we can diagnose or treat dental problems while your pet is awake. When it comes to gold standard dental care, we can't just ask your pet to sit back and 'open wide.'

It's important to realise that a thorough dental examination requires a patient to be very still for procedures such as radiographs and probing (which may also be painful)

An anaesthetised patient allows us to look for any root problems and potential sources of pain. We can clean under the gums, which cannot be done correctly if your pet is awake. Removing only the calculus that is visible on the tooth is ineffective because it does not fix the source of the problem or enable healing and reversal of the dental disease.

Although some patients will appear to tolerate being restrained for a consious dental procedure, these animals have often 'frozen' and withdrawn into themselves to deal with the fear.

Anaesthesia-free dentistry can potentially mask serious underlying disease and can cause your pet unnecessary pain. You can read more about this on the Australian Veterinary Association website.

If it's been more than a year since your pet's last dental check, please give us a call.

05 It's never too late for dental care

It's not uncommon for us to see an older pet with dental disease but many people are worried about their senior pet having to undergo a dental procedure.

In fact, as our pets get older, their immune system becomes less effective at fighting off bacterial and viral diseases so good dental health is more important than ever!

Senior pets may be missing or have worn down teeth and this can affect their ability to chew and digest their food. They are also very good at hiding dental pain and soldiering on, depite a broken or infected tooth or ulcers in the mouth. Many owners put changes down to 'getting old.'

Prior to an anaesthetic, we may recommend blood and urine testing to check the overall health of your senior pet and tailor the anaesthetic protocol accordingly. Pre and post procedure hydration can also enhance safety and recovery.

It's important to realise that veterinary anaesthetics are on par with human anaesthetics and are very safe. This means your pet will be able to undergo necessary treatment to ensure a pain-free mouth and will be able to live a happier and longer life.

Regular dental checks along with a thorough whole body examination twice a year will help minimise the risk of oral disease in your senior pet.

Please ask us for more information if you are worried about your pet.

06 Mastiff takes a mud bath

This video will have you laughing and gasping all at once! Check out this crazy dog taking a mud bath.