PROVET CLASS STUDIES - Key Stages 3/4

DENTAL HYGIENE IN  PETS 3

Investigation  into sore gums in pets

As part of Responsible Pet Care owners should check their pets regularly for signs of illness or disease. Dental care is just as important for our pets as it is for us, yet many owners do not realise how common dental problems are. Sore gums (gingivitis) or ulcers can occur for several reasons including infection, dental disease and others.

This study should help students realise the importance of dental hygiene and allow them to draw interesting comparisons between the occurrence of gum disease in different groups of pets.

The aim of the study

To determine the incidence and patterns of sore gums in pets

Suggested pets to examine :

Inflammation of the gums (gingivitis) or ulcers can be determined by examining the gums visibly. A thin red line along the margin of the gum is typical for mild gingivitis in cats and some dogs. Ulcers appear as red raw areas, and both may bleed. Gingivitis may bleed during eating , or brushing teeth.

Factors which might/might not be relevant and should be recorded.

Simple statistical analysis can then be performed to determine which groups are most often/least often and most/least likely to loose teeth.

If you perform such a study and send the result to Provet we will merge them with results from other Schools and let you have results which you can compare in future years.  E-mail your results to dental3@provet.co.uk

If you need any further information about this study contact us at dental3@provet.co.uk