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Put the bite on poor dental health
Dr Nick Emerton is urging pet owners to give their dogs and cats a free dental check.
Mary Lynn Mather
Is your pooch's bite worse than its
Four in every five dogs and cats over
the age of three has dental disease,
according to the Australian Veterinary
Bad breath, inflamed or red gums
and stained teeth are signs that
something is amiss in your four-legged
Other clues include pets dropping
food when eating or struggling to chew
their hard snacks and toys.
Poor oral care can lead to health
problems ranging from discomfort and
infection to broken whites and
illnesses to do with the heart, liver and
August is the association's pet
dental month, the perfect time to book
a check-up appointment for Fido or
Our Vet practices in the Best
Friends Pet Care stores in Fyshwick
and Tuggeranong are offering cats and
dogs a free dental session at the clinic
until the end of the month, to raise
awareness and prevent dental
complications in animals.
The group's lead vet, Nick Emerton,
said the free checks were a way to
educate owners and keep pets healthy.
"Our four-pawed family members
are so vulnerable when it comes to
oral care because it is up to us as pet
owners to identify the problem and
help find the solution," Dr Emerton
"They can't tell us so we have to
make sure we take the right steps to
ensure they are not in pain or in a state
Dr Emerton asked pet owners to
remember a time when they
experienced oral pain and recall how
much it affected their every day
"If we think like this then we can
start to imagine how our furry friends
are feeling when experiencing teeth
problems," he added.
"With a simple dental check, we can
identify if there are any existing or
potential issues that may impact the
health and well-being of your pet, and
ensure we take the right measures to
swiftly eliminate or simply treat the
Last year Our Vet practices checked
more than 14,000 dog and cat teeth in
The association recommends
feeding pets a balanced diet, giving
them lots of exercise and offering them
toys to do away with boredom.
Responsible pet owners are also
urged to brush the pet's teeth with
toothpaste that has been formulated for
cats or dogs.
Most of all, pets need love and
attention, starting with a good look
inside the mouth.
Show of support
Last month I joined Yvonne and
Stephen Anthoney, parents of the late
Dainere Anthoney of Gungahlin, for
the launch of the Dainere's Rainbow
bus advertising campaign.
Thanks to Steve Bushby the
manager of QCity buses in
Queanbeyan, two of its school and
charter buses were transformed with
Dainere's Rainbow decals.
The campaign is all about raising
awareness of paediatric brain tumour
research and funding across the
Canberra and Queanbeyan regions.
The campaign directs people to
Dainere's Rainbow Brain Tumour
Research Fund, created after Dainere
was diagnosed with a brain tumour in
2009 and died in 2013 when she was
just 15 years. All funds go to the
Sydney Children's Hospital Kids
Cancer Centre. Dainere made it her
aim, in her last years, to increase
awareness of the disease by publishing
books about the illness including a
children's book about how a child
should be welcomed back to school
I must make a special mention of
John Makita, patron of Dainere's
Rainbow and designer of the fund's
artwork, for his generosity in helping
bring the campaign to fruition. It was
humbling to see a local company and
business people raise awareness of
paediatric brain tumours through
I encourage anyone who wants to
get involved to visit daineresrainbow.
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