A toothy problem for Leeds’ pets

White Cross Vets Veterinary Nurse Hayley Thompson gives patient Marlo Stapletons teeth the once over. He was admitted with smelly breath - a symptom of tooth decay.

White Cross Vets Veterinary Nurse Hayley Thompson gives patient Marlo Stapletons teeth the once over. He was admitted with smelly breath - a symptom of tooth decay.

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A Leeds’ dogs’ bark could well be worse than its bite after a vets practice revealed a staggering rise in the number of dogs and cats in the region suffering from dental problems.

White Cross Vets, which has practices in Guiseley and Roundhay, has reported a 75 per cent increase in dental cases from two years ago, when the vets treated just 850 pets between January and May 2014. This year the group treated 1,485 cases during the same period across its 14 practices.

Clinic director James Wood from White Cross Vets in Roundhay said: “James adds: “Treating a pet with dental problems can be stressful as it can result in a pet having to have several teeth removed under an anaesthetic. Prevention is key.”

The practices have launched free dental health checks for pets across.

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