Dental problems

How do I clean my dogs’ teeth?

Regular cleaning of your pets’ teeth and gums can help reduce the build-up of plaque and tartar. Plaque is one of the main enemies for teeth and is formed from food debris, oral bacteria and saliva proteins. This will start to form as soon as your pet has eaten, unless steps are taken to prevent this, you may find your pet needs to have his/her teeth professionally cleaned. This can be prevented by brushing your pet’s teeth. You should brush your pet’s teeth in a similar way to how you would brush your own. If you are going to brush your pet’s teeth you should use pet friendly toothpaste. This method is the most effective but very much depends on how cooperative you pet is, some dogs however will not tolerate this, other options are drops that can go into the water which help to break down plaque deposits, or chew sticks and food designed to help remove the build-up of tartar and plaque, these are less effective and some chew sticks have a high fat content which you would need to be aware of.

Can I use human toothpaste?

No, human toothpaste contains fluoride which is toxic to dogs and cats. Human toothpaste contains a foaming agent which can make your dog or cat vomit. So if you want to brush your pet’s teeth, ask a member of staff for the best product to use. We have several different types of toothpaste available, but if you can’t manage to brush your pet’s teeth we have several different products to help with dental health.

What age will my pet loose its baby teeth?

Dogs and cats tend to start losing their baby teeth at about 12 weeks of age. These teeth are replaced with adult (permanent) teeth. Most dogs and cats have a full set of permanent teeth by the age of six months. You often won’t be aware of these falling out so it is a good idea to get used to checking your puppy/kittens mouth every day.

What are the signs to look for if my pet needs a dental?

Bad breath is one of the most common signs of a pet needing a dental.

Other signs can also include:

  • Drooling saliva.
  • Bleeding from the mouth.
  • Pawing of the mouth.
  • Animals jumping away from food while trying to eat.
  • Decreased appetite.
  • Teeth falling out.


Unlike dogs and cats, rabbits don’t need their teeth brushing. Rabbits’ teeth grow continuously and need to be maintained via their diet, constant chewing and grinding of their food helps to keep their teeth short and avoid any unwanted dental problems. Rabbits should only have a small amount of pellet type food and the rest of their diet should be mainly made up of hay with a very small amount of fruit/veg.

Rabbits’ teeth continuously grow at 1-5mm per week. That’s as much as 260mm per year – that’s 26cm.