Dentistry guarantees fresh breath when your pooch gives you a smooch

While you might think your fur baby has a perfect smile (and we’re sure they do!) they still need regular care to stay that way. In fact, over 85% of dogs and cats suffer from dental problems by the time they are 3 years old. So if you want your furry friend to keep their pearly whites you need to book them in for regular dental checkups. 

Aside from protecting their cute grin, dentistry is about more than just tooth loss. In serious cases, bacteria can infect the gums and enter your pets bloodstream. This can cause organ damage or failure if left untreated. So making sure your canine’s canines are clean and healthy is more important than you think!

The benefits of pet dentistry

  • Keeps your pet’s teeth looking and smelling good
  • Keeps your pet pain-free
  • Let’s your pet enjoy chew toys and meal times
  • Prevents life threatening diseases and can add years to the life of your pet


Depending on your pet’s needs, a dentistry can include some of all of the following:

  • Physical examination before the procedure
  • Pre-anaesthetic blood testing
  • Tailored premedication
  • Intravenous fluids to support blood pressure
  • Hospitalisation – with heated cages for recovery
  • General anaesthesia and recovery monitored by our vet nurses
  • Full mouth assessment including dental probing
  • Before and after photographs
  • Dental x-rays
  • Professional dental clean with an iM3 ultrasonic scaling and prophy machine
  • Dental extractions performed as necessary
  • Pain management
  • Dental charting stored on file
  • 7 day post op check 
  • 6 month follow up check
  • Complimentary nail trim

Whether or not teeth can be saved depends on the extent of the damage. If the pain is likely to continue, or the tooth will continue to get worse, the vet will recommend its removal.

Not all dentistry appointments require anaesthesia, but it is recommended for any invasive or potentially painful procedures. There a few reasons for this:

  • When pets are conscious it can be psychologically damaging
  • Pet can hurt themselves while struggling against restraints, or they can accidentally cause damage inside their mouths 
  • Animals that are frightened can react aggressively, creating an unsafe situation for both the vet and the pet
  • A struggling animal can cause vital signs of disease or damage to be missed

Does your furry friend seem sick or in pain? This could be a sign that something is wrong.

At MustCare, we don’t believe in silly questions. If you’re worried, we want to help. Get in touch and book an appointment so we can figure out what’s got your cat’s tongue.