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Should your pet ever need dental care, they are in good hands at Blackwater Vets


You may be surprised to discover that your pets teeth are similar to yours.  They lose their milk teeth, are susceptible to gum disease and should have a check up every year.

Its extremely important for your pet to have regular dental checkups. Here at Blackwater vets we will always Add to dictionary check your pets teeth and gums at every routine visit.  If left to develop, tooth and gum disease can cause extreme pain and distress to your pet.

As with most things, preventative care is the most effective approach to your pet’s health.

In between your pets regular dental check ups with us at Blackwater vets, we also advise preventative measures to keep your pets teeth and gums healthy.

What you can do:

Brushing your pet’s teeth – The best way to get your pet used to having their teeth brushed is to start from an early age, using special pet toothpaste.  All our vets and nurses are happy to demonstrate how to brush your pet’s teeth, including dogs and cats.  It can be a bit of a challenge at first and it’s important to get it right from the start. We are always here at Blackwater vets to give advice, so please don’t hesitate to ask.

A dry or partially dry diet – When an animal chews on a hard biscuit it will act in an abrasive way against their teeth, this removes any plaque build-up, which if left on your pets teeth, in time can lead to tartar and gum disease.

Dental treats – Dental treats remove plaque and can also help with bad breath.
Please note: overweight animals should not be given dental treats too often.

If your pet every displays any of the following, it is important to bring them in for an appointment with us at Blackwater vets as soon as possible.

  • Quiet or subdued behaviour
  • Pawing at the mouth
  • Not eating/difficulty eating/chewing on one side of the mouth
  • Keen to eat (visiting the food bowl) but then moving away from the bowl
  • Excess salivation
  • Face swelling (in severe cases)

Should your pet ever need dental treatment, they’re in the best possible hands at Blackwater vets. We have highly experienced staff to give your pet the best level of care that they deserve.


To book an appointment for a dental hygiene check up please call us on: 01206 384999