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Experts in dog dental care warning

Thursday June 10th 2010

A lack of basic dental care could result in millions of dogs in the UK losing their teeth and suffering avoidable dental pain, a veterinary charity has warned.

The extent of the problem has risen in the last two years, according to the PDSA. Officials say that it has been demonstrated at its worst in Northern Ireland after the number of canines suffering from such pains jumped from 15% to 30%.

Vets have said that, unless owners want to rely solely on their pet insurance cover, daily brushing is the most effective way of ensuring their dog's dental health. Problems with the mouth can lead to more serious conditions in other areas of a dog's body, such as heart valves and kidneys.

PDSA officials found that cats can be just as poorly looked after as dogs - its vets carried out 8,000 procedures on felines needing some form of dental surgery in a year.

Sean Wensley, a senior veterinary surgeon for the PDSA, said: "Toothbrushing is the most effective way of preventing dental disease and getting young pets used to a daily brushing routine can help make it a stress-free process throughout their lives."

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