Morley Vetcentre
20 Rudloc Rd
Morley, WA, 6062

info@vetcentre.com.au
www.vetcentre.com.au
Phone: 08 9275 3000
Contents of this newsletter

01  What’s hiding in your pet’s mouth?

02  A day at the dentist for your pet

03  Watch out, winter hazards about

04  A new collar senses when your dog is under the weather

05  Who loves this dog's reaction?

01 What’s hiding in your pet’s mouth?
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There is a sneaky disease that likes to hide in your pet's mouth. It is called dental disease and as many as 8 in 10 pets may be under its curse.

Dental disease is caused by food particles and bacteria that build up around the teeth. This causes irritation of the gum and leads to an inflammatory condition called gingivitis.

Eventually the tooth's attachments start to break down and the disease becomes irreversible - affecting your pet's entire health.

Things you might notice at home:

  • Bad breath
  • Shying away when the mouth is touched
  • Drooling or dropping food from the mouth
  • Bleeding from the mouth
  • A loss of appetite or weight loss 

If your pet will allow it, gently open his mouth and have a smell! Look inside for red and swollen gums or a yellow-brown crust of tartar around the gum line. Sometimes the problems aren’t as obvious and an anaesthetic is needed for more a thorough exam.

Dental disease is a great example of why regular check ups with us are important. There are well known links between dental disease and kidney and heart disease. If we can pick up on dental disease early, we can implement a dental disease prevention plan are often able to prevent further damage to your pet's teeth and health. We want to give you and your pet something to smile about! 

02 A day at the dentist for your pet
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Before and after a dental procedure

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If your pet has plaque and tartar and is at risk of developing gingivitis we may recommend a dental clean. This is a very common procedure and is essential when it comes to pet care.

During a dental procedure we use very similar equipment to human dentists. As you might already have realised, we can't ask our pets to say “open wide" while we have a look around. To make sure we are able to clean all the teeth and do it safely (we don’t want to be bitten!), a general anaesthetic is required. 

A scaling device is used to remove any plaque that is stuck to the teeth.

In some cases, bacteria may have already damaged the structures of the tooth, leading to exposure of the roots and sensitive nerves. This can cause your pet pain, so it is best we remove any diseased teeth. A fractured tooth may also require extraction. We will advise you if dental x-rays are required to further assess the health of the tooth/teeth.

Local anaesthetic is injected in the nerves surrounding the diseased tooth and the tooth is gently removed. Dissolvable sutures may be placed at the extraction site. Finally, a polishing instrument and paste are used to help form a protective layer over your pet’s pearly whites.

Antibiotics, pain relief and a diet of soft and chunky food may be needed until the extraction sites have healed. At the end of the day your pet will be happier, healthier and you’ll be more inclined to kiss your pet goodnight!

03 Watch out, winter hazards about
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Beware, cats find the warmest spots - this can even be under the bonnet of your car!

With winter in full swing, here are a few hazards to watch out for: 

Frozen water: In some areas of Australia it gets so cold overnight that your pet’s water bowl may freeze over. Sometimes it doesn’t get a chance to melt during the day so your pet will have no access to water. Check your pet’s water twice daily.

Heater hazards: Don’t let your pet sit too close to the fire or heater - he can singe his fur or even burn his nose!

Coats and clothing:  A coat might be a good idea for pets that have been clipped or are old and feel the cold, but be aware that most pet clothing is unnecessary and impedes an animal’s ability to regulate his own temperature. Never leave your pet clothed and unattended as he may overheat. (It is not even recommended in the chilly UK - see here)

Who is hiding under the bonnet?: Cats (and other critters) might find a nice warm spot under your car bonnet on a cold night so always turn on your car engine and leave it running for a while before heading off just to be sure.

Anti-freeze:  If you are heading to the snow fields and are using anti-freeze in your car, make sure it is out of your pet’s reach. Dogs especially like the initial taste of anti-freeze but it is highly poisonous.

04 A new collar senses when your dog is under the weather
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A new smart collar has been developed in the US that can help tell you when your dog is sick. The studded collar contains sensors that keeps track of temperature, pulse and respiration as well as activity patterns.

Whilst it doesn’t take the place of regular vet visits and you keeping an eye on your best friend, it does let you know if your dog’s vital signs start to deviate in a way that might indicate a possible problem. If this is the case an alert is sent to your smartphone and to your vet.

A great feature is that because the device works in real time, vets will have more information on which to base their diagnoses and keep track of how animals respond to treatment. When it comes to technology, there are exciting times ahead!

Read more here

05 Who loves this dog's reaction?

We love this dog's reaction when the music stops. It goes to show that our pets love to listen to tunes too! Have you ever thought about leaving the radio on for your pet while you are out? Not only will it pass the time, it may help your dog feel less lonely.