Animal Medical Centre
266 Charles Street
Launceston, TAS, 7250
Phone: 03 6705 7009
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During the month of August the AMC is offering FREE dental checks with our nurses. This gives us an opportunity to inspect your pet's mouth and to assess the health of their teeth and gums. 
This is a quick 15 minute consultation and allows our nurses to advise on how healthy your pet's mouth is and how to maintain their pearly whites! A Greenies goodie bag will be sent home with every patient! 

Appointments are available:

Monday - Friday 12pm - 2pm

Saturday 9am - 12pm

Call us on 6331 9405 to book an appointment

*Only available for the month of August.  

Contents of this newsletter

01   Don't turn away from bad breath

02  The ins and outs of a dental procedure

03  It's never too late for dental care

04  Mastiff takes a mud bath

01 Don't turn away from bad breath

Does your pet have dreaded doggy breath? Don’t turn away as bad breath can kill. Bad breath is generally caused by dental disease, a sneaky condition that likes to hide in your pet's mouth. Up to 80% of our pets might be suffering from this nasty disease and it is one of the most common problems we come across.

If your pet isn’t having to work very hard to chew their food, plaque and tartar build up around the teeth leading to irritation of the gum and an inflammatory condition called gingivitis. Eventually the gum separates from the tooth allowing small pockets of bacteria to accumulate. This bacteria can travel around your pet’s body, affecting the overall health of your pet.

You should not ignore this disease as it is very painful and can impact the kidneys, heart and liver.

Signs of dental disease might include:

• Bad breath (also known as 'doggy breath')
• Drooling from the mouth or poking the tongue out
• Bleeding from the mouth
• A loss of appetite or weight loss

Sometimes the signs are subtle and you may not notice anything at all. This is just another reason why regular check ups with us are important as during a routine examination we will always examine your pet's mouth.

If we diagnose dental disease early enough, we can implement a dental disease treatment plan and prevent further damage to your pet's teeth, giving you and your pet something to smile about!


02 The ins and outs of a dental procedure

If we have diagnosed your pet with dental disease we will most likely recommend dental clean.This is a very common procedure and is essential in treating dental disease. If your pet is having a dental procedure there’s a few things you need to know:

A general anaesthetic is required

We can't ask our pets to say “open wide" while we have a look around. To make sure we are able to clean all the teeth and do it safely (we don’t want to be bitten!), a general anaesthetic is required. Your pet must be anaesthetised so we can properly examine the entire tooth. This includes the inner surface and all of the teeth right up the back to the mouth that you can’t see when your pet is awake.

We use very similar equipment to human dentists

In some cases this is the exact same equipment!
A scaling device is used to remove any plaque that is stuck to the teeth and the teeth are individually polished. We may recommend x-rays so we can assess the bony structures around the tooth. This provides your pet with gold standard dental care.

Extractions may be necessary

In some cases, bacteria may have already damaged the structures of the tooth, exposing roots and nerves. This is painful so it is best we remove any diseased teeth. A fractured tooth may also require extraction. Antibiotics, pain relief and a diet of soft and chunky food may be needed until the extraction sites have healed.

As involved as it may sound, a dental procedure will ensure your pet is happier, healthier and most importantly, pain free.

We are always happy to answer any questions you have about your pet's dental procedure.

03 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, so many owners put changes down to 'getting old.'

The fact is, your senior friend may be in considerable pain and could have issues such as an oral mass or a broken tooth.

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.

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 at least yearly 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.

04 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.