Keep an eye on your pet's teeth
IT'S time to brush up on your pet's dental health according to Gladstone Vet Clinic veterinarian Kylie Dudley because August is National Pet Dental Health Month.
The initiative is part of a worldwide effort to reduce incidence of the most common health concern in adult pets: oral disease.
According to veterinary research, 80% of dogs and 70% of cats show signs of oral disease by the time they are three.
Since she started work in Gladstone, Dr Dudley has noticed an increase in pet dental problems.
"Dental disease is the most common disease among pets," she said.
"Unfortunately, dental problems often go unnoticed by pet owners."
Dr Dudley is asking Gladstone pet owners to pay attention to their pet's dental health.
"It's not only the pain they experience but the bacteria can seep into their blood stream and go to vital organs," she said.
"It's pretty serious, that's why I want people to know about it."
As part of Pet Dental Awareness Month the Gladstone Vet Clinic on Phillip St is offering free dental checks.
They are also offering 10% off scaling and polishing of teeth to remove plaque and tartare.
For more on pet dental health see today's Observer.