|NARRE WARREN VET CLINIC NEWSLETTER|
|WHAT'S ON: UPCOMING EVENTS AT NWVC|
Dental Month: August 2020
Skin Disease in Your Pets: September 2020
All Things Behaviour: November 2020
Annual Christmas Sale: Date TBC
|WHAT DO STAGE 4 RESTRICTIONS MEAN FOR YOUR PET'S VETERINARY CARE?|
Following recent announcements by the Victorian Government, we can now say with certainty that we will remain OPEN during the current stage 4 restrictions.
Here's what you need to know about accessing veterinary care for your pet during stage 4 lockdown:
- Veterinary care has been deemed an ESSENTIAL SERVICE. We will be open for business as usual, offering all services. We will maintain strict COVID-19 procedures to keep both our clients and team safe.
- For veterinary care or collection of supplies from a veterinary clinic, clients MAY travel further than 5kms from their home.
- Only one person per household should be obtaining services or products with the exception of accompanying dependents (children or at-risk persons). Please note that we are asking all clients to remain in their car as part of our COVID-19 protocol.
- Seeking veterinary care is considered 'health and care' and is therefore EXEMPT from curfew hours - although appointments should be made within curfew hours, with emergency consultations only outside curfew hours.
- The clinic will now be closing at 7pm on weekdays to meet this requirement. For all veterinary emergencies outside these hours, please contact Casey Pet Emergency on (03) 8790 1625.
- All clients will receive a text message prior to their appointment, which can be used as evidence of necessary travel outside of their home.
We thank you again for your ongoing support. This is a difficult and uncertain time for everyone - the team at NWVC are here to help you in any way we can. Stay safe!
Meet the gorgeous Kishka – a 3-year-old Golden Retriever who presented to us last month in a somewhat ‘sticky’ situation!
An astounding 80% of cats and dogs over the age of three suffer from dental disease. Unlike us, your pet can't speak up if they have an achy mouth, so it is up to you to ensure your pet is not suffering from dental disease. Don't wait until your pet's teeth are bad enough to stop them from eating, take steps now with our exclusive dental offer.
From July 1st to August 31st we are offering these delectable dental deals! Book now to ensure you do not miss out!
20% off dental procedures
10% off over the counter dental products
Free dental checks with a nurse
Hills T/D (dental diet) vouchers
|HOW TO TELL IF YOUR PET HAS DENTAL PROBLEMS?|
Dental disease is one of the most common problems we see in veterinary practice. While a regular check-up with us will help to identify any dental issues your pet might be hiding, there are a few things you can look out for at home:
Signs of dental disease in dogs and cats:
- Bad breath
- Yellowing or brown stains on the teeth
- Redness of the gums around the teeth
- Ropey saliva or bleeding gums
- A loss of appetite or weight loss
What causes dental disease?
When particles of food and bacteria accumulate along the gum line, they combine with saliva to form plaque. If over time, this plaque is allowed to build up, there will be a subsequent accumulation of tartar and bacteria. The presence of this tartar and bacteria leads to inflammation around the gum line, a condition known as gingivitis.
As dental disease progresses, there is a separation of the gum from the teeth and pockets of bacteria form. Once this happens, your pet will be suffering from irreversible bone loss, tissue destruction and wobbly, rotten teeth. These changes can be severely painful and can significantly affect your pet's quality of life.
What to do if you think your pet has dental disease
You should not ignore this disease. Dental disease is painful and can impact the overall health of your pet as the bacteria enter the bloodstream and make their way around your pet's body.
If we diagnose the dental disease early enough, we can implement a treatment plan and slow the progression of this condition. Correct management of dental disease means your pet will lead a happier and healthier life and, in most cases, will be less likely to need major dental procedures during their life.
We strongly recommend getting your pet in for a dental check-up if you haven't done so in the past 6 months
|WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT DENTAL PROCEDURES|
'Dentals' are one of the most common routine procedures we perform in our day-to-day veterinary practice. It's important to understand the ins-and-outs of these procedures and why they are so involved. Here are a few things you should know:
Your pet needs a general anaesthetic
For us to accurately assess and treat dental disease, a general anaesthetic is necessary. Unfortunately, we can't ask your pet to 'open wide', and to keep us safe and negate any pain or discomfort for your pet, they must be asleep.
An anaesthetic enables us to clean every tooth thoroughly and safely remove diseased teeth. Anaesthesia-free cleaning is not ethical, and it can lead to pain and fear in your pet, and may also hide underlying problems in your pet's mouth. Without a general anaesthetic, the cause of the problem is not able to be addressed.
You should not allow anyone to perform anaesthesia-free cleaning on your pet’s teeth and you should talk to us if you have any concerns.
Sometimes extractions are necessary
When thinking about our own dental experiences and comparing them to that of our pets, extraction of a tooth or multiple teeth may sound scary. The options, however, for saving teeth in our pets are limited. A pet with severe dental disease has usually lost a significant amount of bone and soft tissue along with the roots of the tooth, and this can be very painful. Extraction is often the only way we can restore oral health, remove the source of the pain and prevent the disease from spreading to neighbouring teeth.
What happens if your pet has to have multiple teeth removed?
Adult dogs have 42 teeth, and adult cats have 30, so even after multiple extractions, there will still be enough teeth to enable chewing. Once, however, we remove a tooth, the dentition of the mouth is changed, and this can alter the chewing action and the natural cleaning action of chewing. Opposing teeth may be prone to tartar accumulation, so ongoing regular dental checks are critical.
We are always happy to answer any further questions you might have about dental procedures.
|HOW CAN YOU PREVENT DENTAL DISEASE AT HOME?|
Dental care for your pet starts at home, but there is not one magical tool we have to help guarantee a perfectly healthy mouth. Dental disease prevention needs to be a multi-targeted approach, and we aim to give your pet a chance at avoiding a dental procedure.
Breed, oral anatomy, diet and age have a significant impact on dental disease and sometimes, even with all the best dental prevention measures in place, your pet may still need a dental procedure at some point in their life. An excellent example of this is a dog who has perfectly clean teeth but fractures a tooth chewing on a bone! If we do not remove the fractured tooth, exposure of the nerves can be painful and lead to other issues, such as a tooth root abscess.
Did you know that brushing is best?
Brushing your pet's teeth is considered gold standard in-home care. Keep in mind that it can take a few months for your pet to get used to the idea. Daily brushing is recommended (in an ideal world) however a couple of times a week is better than no brushing at all. If you are using a dental toothpaste, make sure it is pet-friendly (human toothpaste is toxic to pets).
We will show you how best to brush your pet's teeth - ask us for a demonstration.
Make every mouthful count
Every mouthful your pet takes should be hard work, and we have excellent dental diets available designed to clean the tooth, as your pet chews.
We can also advise you on the best chews and treats available when it comes to dental care. Not every chew on the market is entirely safe for your pet, so it's best to ask us for advice.
We will give you the best advice when it comes to dental disease prevention in your pet - ask us for more information.
FOR THE MONTH OF AUGUST RECEIVE 10% OFF ALL OVER THE COUNTER DENTAL PRODUCTS
Wishing Dr. Jon a very Happy Birthday! Although a somewhat unusual birthday, we hope your day was a special and memorable one!
Meet Dr. Dawn!
Dawn is extremely passionate and committed to helping her patients to the best of her ability and has a strong interest in Ophthalmology (diagnosis and treatment of eye disorders).
Outside of work, Dawn enjoys going on road trips, hiking and indulging in Japanese cuisine.
Dawn shares her home with adopted Rottweiler Ava.
|TOP TIPS FOR TAKING YOUR PET TO THE VET|
Many people find bringing their cat in to the vet a stressful experience and, as a result, will put off the exercise altogether. It is for this reason that we don't get to see your feline friend as often as we should and, unfortunately, it means that many health problems may go undetected.
Thankfully, there are a couple of ways we can help reduce the stress associated with vet visits:
- Feliway pheromone spray can be used in the cat carrier to help your cat to feel more safe and secure. The pheromone spray is the same pheromone cats release when they feel happy and relaxed. We also recommend you spray it on a towel and use this to cover the cat carrier. This may help your cat feel safe and avoid them making eye contact with patients of the canine variety.
- Medication can be dispensed to help your cat feel more relaxed prior to their visit. We just need to have examined your cat within the previous six months - ask us for more information on how we can assist you with this. It is important to have a trial run at home at least 3 days prior to the visit to ensure the correct dose of medication.
Remember: All cats should be secured in a cat carrier when travelling in the car, not just for their safety but also yours.
Other tips to reduce cat carrier stress:
- Put the cat carrier in a room with your cat a few days before you need to use it
- Allow your cat to get used to the smell and noise of the carrier
- Associate the carrier with ‘happy’ things - place food and treats in the carrier
- Close the door of the carrier while your cat is inside for short periods of time so your cat doesn’t always associate it with vet visits
If you have any questions or concerns about your cat's veterinary visit you should ask us for advice.
This email contains comments of a general nature only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional veterinary advice. It should not be relied on as the basis for whether you do or don't do anything.
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