Preventing doggy dental disease in August

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OraVet® is on a mission to improve the dental hygiene of dogs in Australia during Pet Dental Month in August.

Eighty per cent of dogs have some degree of periodontal disease by three years of age, and despite dental disease being highly common among dogs, most pet owners are unaware of the warning signs.

To remind dog owners of the importance of having their dog’s teeth checked, OraVet® is providing free samples of their Dental Hygiene Chews to over 2,300 vet clinics across Australia to get ‘paws through doors’ throughout August.

OraVet® Dental Hygiene Chews are the only dental chews for dogs that use anti-plaque agent delmopinol to combat bad breath, and have been clinically proven to significantly reduce halitosis by preventing bacterial attachment and reducing plaque build-up.

As part of Pet Dental Month, OraVet® will also be hosting a visit to Australia by leading US-based veterinary dental specialist, Dr Brook Niemiec who—with dental specialist Dr David Clarke from Melbourne’s Hallam Vet Clinic—will take part in a program to educate vets and dog owners about dental disease and therapy.

“It is a common misconception that bad dogs’ breath is normal, when in fact this could be an early sign of dental disease,” Dr Niemiec said.

“Dental disease can come in many forms such as gingivitis, teeth loss and bleeding. Unfortunately, I often treat dogs with severe dental disease because their pet owners are unaware of the symptoms and do not seek proper treatment in time.”

Dr David Clarke added: “Left without cleaning, plaque and tartar continue to build up in dogs’ teeth, attracting even more bacteria, leading to more bad breath and gum disease. There are numerous significant local and regional consequences of oral infection, including eye loss, abscesses and worryingly, an increased risk of oral cancer.

“OraVet’s® initiative to provide dog owners with free samples in vet clinics throughout Pet Dental Month in August is a fantastic way to drive awareness among dog owners on the importance of getting their dogs’ teeth checked.”


  1. Please reconsider the photo that accompanies this article. Currently we see a dog undergoing anaesthetic free scaling, also referred to as Non-Professional Dental Scaling. This is really not an appropriate way to treat a pet’s teeth.

    Also, this dog looks terrified, not a good look!

  2. To our readers:

    Several of you wrote in to point out that the original stock image we ran with this story, of a dog not under sedation receiving dental treatment, showed a clearly terrified patient, did not depict best practice and sent the wrong message.

    We accept your comments fully, stand corrected and have replaced the image.

    Running the original image was a regrettable oversight: all of us at Vet Practice magazine support the highest standards of animal welfare, including in dentistry for dogs and cats, as spelled out in the AVA’s guidelines.

    Thank you to all those who wrote in to point out the offending image.



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