Below the gum line: dental advice for dogs and cats

November 30, 2023

Many dental diseases occur below the gum line. That’s why many dental issues in our pets can go unnoticed – even by the most observant pet owners.

Did you know that Nurture has vet dentists in Wells and Weston-super-Mare?

This February is Pet Dental Health Awareness month and our vets at Nurture have put together the following tips to help owners prioritise their pet’s oral health.

A healthy mouth is the key to a happy pet – book a dental examination to help keep them smiling!

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Symptoms of dental problems

Change in appetite

Noticing a change in your pet’s appetite, or even unexplained weight loss, can be indicative of dental pain. A sore mouth can really get pets feeling down and a diet made up of hard foods can exacerbate this.

Discolouration in teeth

If you notice your pet has yellow or brown patches on their teeth, this is a sign of plaque and tartar build-up. A thorough dental routine for your pet at home, using dental chews and pet-safe mouth wash could help to relieve the symptoms but, in some cases, your pet will need a dental examination and clean with our vet team.

Smelly breath

If you notice your pet is suffering from smelly breath, this could mean it’s time to get them booked into one of our Nurture clinics for a dental check. This is a tell-tale sign that your pet may be suffering with dental disease so it’s best to get them examined to ensure they’re not in any pain.

Learn about our vet dentists in Wells and Weston-super-Mare


Dental care at home

Our Nurture hub is the perfect place to come to if you would like questions answering or demonstrations on effective dental care routines for pets at home. Our nurses will happily show you the best tricks on how to thoroughly clean your pet’s teeth and what you can introduce in their diet to help the breakdown of plaque and tartar.

Connect with us to book an appointment with our experienced pet dentists, who can help to ensure your pet’s oral health is in top condition.


We help pets to live well

Learn how our vets and nurses provide tailored care for cats and dogs at each life stage here at Nurture:

Why your pet needs a vet dentist

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