Princes Highway
Veterinary Hospital 

30 Princes Highway, Kogarah, NSW 2217

(02) 9588 2088

St George Animal Hospital

325 Princes Highway, Carlton NSW 2218
(Currently relocated due to redevelopment)

(02) 9587 3599

Dental Disease in dogs and cats

Just like humans, dogs and cats need to take care of their teeth too. Dental disease is the most common health problem in our pets and commonly remains unnoticed until quite advanced.

Dental disease causes pain and infection, which ultimately affects our pets quality of life. Dental procedures can range from a basic scale and polish, to remove tartar, to multiple teeth extractions in the case of severely diseased teeth.

If your pet’s teeth appear discoloured, their breath is smelly, or they are showing signs of reluctance to chew, then don’t hesitate to call for a​ free dental check​ with one of our experienced nursing staff.


Dental disease is a common problem in pets, particularly in dogs and cats. It can be caused by a variety of factors, including poor dental hygiene, genetics, age, and diet. Dental disease can range from mild tartar buildup to more severe gum disease, tooth decay, and even tooth loss.

Signs of dental disease in pets can include:

  1. Bad breath
  2. Yellow or brown discoloration on teeth
  3. Swollen, red, or bleeding gums
  4. Loose or missing teeth
  5. Drooling or difficulty chewing
  6. Loss of appetite or weight loss

If left untreated, dental disease can lead to more serious health problems, such as infections, abscesses, and even heart or kidney disease.

Prevention and treatment of dental disease in pets involves a combination of at-home dental care and regular veterinary checkups. At-home dental care can include daily brushing of the pet's teeth using a pet-specific toothpaste, dental chews or toys, and a healthy diet. Regular veterinary checkups should include a thorough dental exam and professional cleaning, which involves scaling and polishing the teeth under general anesthesia.

In some cases, more advanced treatment may be necessary, such as extractions or root canals. Your veterinarian can provide guidance on the best course of treatment for your pet's individual needs.

Overall, prevention and early detection are key to managing dental disease in pets. Regular dental care can help keep your pet's teeth and gums healthy and prevent more serious health problems down the line.