We carry out dentistry on dogs, cats, rabbits & guinea pigs. We have a dedicated dental room housing a dental table and workstation with all modern veterinary dental equipment. We also have a new dental X-ray machine and processor.
At Blackness Vets we believe that the health of your pet's teeth plays a very important part in their overall wellbeing. Tartar build-up on teeth is unfortunately very common in both dogs and cats, this leads to gum disease which can lead to fracture or loss of teeth or even allow bacteria to spread to other organs, such as the heart or kidneys.
How do I know if my pet needs a dental?
Your pet will receive a dental check-up at his yearly booster, or you can ask for an appointment if you are concerned about your pet's ability to eat, the smelliness of his breath or any damage you may have noticed to his teeth. It is usually possible to get a rough idea of the health of your pet's teeth during a consultation.
For a more detailed examination, and for any treatment such as a scale and polish or extractions, a full general anaesthetic is necessary. This will allow the vet to examine the entire dental arcade, the tongue, gums and palate in a safe and thorough fashion. It may not be possible to determine the number of extractions necessary until this examination takes place, and in many cases, not until the tartar has been removed.
Dental X-rays can reveal damage inside a tooth and below the gums in your pet.This will allow the Vet to decide the best advice to recommend for the individual tooth.
As rabbits and guinea pigs are herbivores, their teeth continue growing throughout their life. This can lead to problems if they do not wear them down evenly by eating a balanced diet of hay and vegetables. If your rabbit or guinea pig is having problems eating, they may need to have their teeth burred or rasped down under anaesthetic to prevent ulcers developing on the tongue.
Dental X-rays are recommended to help give best advice for recurrent dental problems in our small mammals.