Lucius

Our Bull Terrier, Lucius was referred to see Christine Hawke for assessment and management of a tooth root abscess. During the initial consultation, Christine could not possibly have been more helpful and forthcoming. She spent the better part of an hour explaining every possible outc

FDA Dog Teeth Warning – No Bones About It!

One of the most common problems we see are broken dog teeth –  specifically slab fractures of the upper carnassials. These are the big teeth on the side of the mouth that dogs chew with in a scissor-like action. When they fracture the whole side of the tooth snaps off, resulting

Do Dog Chews Really Work?

  There is a lot of debate about whether dog chews really are effective at controlling bad breath and gum disease in our pooches. Questions such as Which dog chews are effective? and How often should my dog be given a dog chew? come up regularly in veterinary consultations. The

Is a Pet Dental Procedure Too Much for My Old Pet?

As pets grow old, one of the things that is important to maintain is quality of life. If the teeth are severely infected or there is severe gingivitis and gum disease going on in the mouth, the quality of life is poor as the animal experiences discomfort and pain constantly. Older pet

Fergus – Fractured Tooth

Fergus is a young German Shepherd who fractured a lower canine tooth (fang tooth) whilst playing. His owner noticed the broken tooth was bleeding and took him straight to the local vet. The fracture had taken the top of the tooth away and exposed the sensitive pulp (the living tissue

Guide to a Canine Dental or Feline Dental – The 10 Steps to a Healthy Pain Free Mouth

Dog teeth cleaning (dog dental) and cat teeth cleaning (cat dental) can be rephrased as the physical removal of infection they are NOT cosmetic procedures. As the vast majority of our patients have existing dental disease that requires diagnosis and treatment, there is far more to can

Pet Dental Treatments Can Be Painful….!? What We Do to Stop Pain

Whilst pet dental procedures such as cleaning and polishing are generally not uncomfortable (most of us have experienced this at our own dentist), treatment of periodontal disease, extraction of teeth and advanced treatments such as root canal therapy and vital pulpotomy procedures ca

Cat and Dog Teeth – How Often Should They Be Checked?

This varies from individual to individual. Factors affecting the development of dental disease include diet, chewing habits, the degree of dental care provided at home, genetics and the presence of other illnesses. If your pet will allow you to check its mouth, you can look at its tee

Dog Breath is Not Normal! Why Your Pets Breath is so Horrible

Bad dog breath is not normal! ‘Dog breath’ is usually due to infection in the mouth. Plaque bacteria produce foul smelling compounds including hydrogen sulfide (rotten egg gas). As the infection progresses, pockets of pus and dead tissue accumulate around the teeth. Trappe

Painful Dog Teeth? My Vet Says So But My Pet is Eating and Seems Comfortable

Many oral conditions such as periodontal disease and malocclusions (orthodontic problems) are chronic so pets adapt to the progressive discomfort, displaying few (if any) behavioural changes, until the pain becomes unbearable. Even with problems that cause acute pain (such as dental f