What Australian dog owners need to know about their pooch’s pearly whites.nigella the pug2

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

OraVet® Dental Hygiene Chews are on a mission to improve the dental hygiene of dogs in Australia during Pet Dental Month in August. To encourage dog owners to become educated on the importance of having their dogs’ teeth checked, OraVet® is providing free samples* 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 with world-leading technology to combat bad breath using a special ingredient, delmopinol.

OraVet® has also brought out world-leading veterinary dental specialist, Dr. Brook Niemiec from the U.S. to Australia to educate vets and dog owners about dental disease and therapy with the support of dental specialist Dr. Clarke from Hallam Vet Clinic in Melbourne.

Dr. Niemiec said, “It is a common misconception that bad dogs’ breath is normal, when in fact this is almost always caused by dental disease. Dental disease can come in many forms such as gingivitis, teeth loss and gum 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.”Golden Retriever shutterstock 23319946

In support of this message, Australian veterinary dental specialist, Dr. David Clarke from Hallam Vet Clinic in Melbourne said, “Left without cleaning, plaque and tartar continue to build up on dog’s teeth, , leading to further bad breath and gum disease. There are numerous significant local and regional consequences of oral infection, including, abscesses and tooth loss.

“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 amongst dog owners on the importance of getting their dogs’ teeth checked.” Dr. Clarke added.

Boehringer Ingelheim’s Technical Services Manager for Pets, Dr. Jennifer Hamilton, said, “Like humans, dogs need regular cleaning to remove the plaque and tartar buildup that can cause bad breath and gum disease. OraVet® Chews have been clinically proven to significantly reduce halitosis (bad breath) by preventing bacterial attachment and reducing plaque build-up, and they taste good too, which makes it easy for dog owners to administer”

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OraVet® Dental Hygience Chews are only available at vet clinics. 



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About Dr. Niemiec

Dr Brook Niemiec is a leading authority in the field of veterinary dentistry. He graduated from the University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 1994. In addition, he is a Board-Certified Specialist in Veterinary Dentistry of both the American and European Veterinary Dental Colleges. He is also a Fellow in the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry. Impressively, he is one of fewer than 10 veterinarians worldwide to hold all three of these certificates. In addition to his advanced dental training, Dr Niemiec received extensive post-graduate training in the field of anaesthesia.  

About Dr. Clarke

Dr David Clarke is a Veterinary Dentist with a passion for providing up-to-date information on oral health in the domestic pet population.

Dr Clarke received his BVSc from the University of Queensland and completed his dental residency at the Dallas Dental Animal Hospital in Dallas, Texas, USA. He went on to become a Registered Specialist in Veterinary Dentistry & Small Animal Oral Surgery, a Diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College and a Fellow of the American Academy of Veterinary Dentistry.

Not only does he operate at his specialist and general dental practice in Hallam, Victoria but he also acts as a Veterinary Dentist consultant at Werribee Open Range Zoo in Victoria.

Dr Clarke has spent his life not only educating budding veterinary students as a lecturer but also by offering lectures, webinars, in-clinic education and workshops throughout Australia, the Pacific and Asia.