1.76m cats and dogs needed pet meds for dental problems last year

Tuesday, 3rd May 2011

Almost two million (1.76 million) cats and dogs in the UK needed pet meds for dental problems last year.

According to research by Sainsbury's Finance, the average cost of a pet insurance dental claim was around £200.

Despite this, 60 per cent of pet owners do not have pet insurance to help pay for the cost of dental work.

Lucy Hunter of Sainsbury's Pet Insurance said: "It's important your pet's dental care isn't overlooked as the consequences could cause the animal distress, put them at risk of infection and can be very costly.

"Prevention is better than cure, so owners should take their pets to the vet for regular dental checks and take professional advice to reduce the risk of problems occurring."

The findings showed that Labradors are the breed of dog most likely to need dental work.

When it comes to cats, Siamese kitties tend to have the most dental problems.