The Berwick Village Vet newsletter August 2018

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The Berwick Village Vet newsletter August 2018

Dental Month

It is quite common for vets at The Berwick Village Vet to perform dental procedures on pets that have a build up of plaque on their teeth.

This plaque is an accumulation on and between the teeth of saliva, food solids, minerals, carbohydrates and oils, and is the perfect environment for a variety of bacteria.

These deposits form a rock hard called calculus (or tartar). Calculus can be seen as dis-colourations and build up on teeth in your pets mouth. If not treated It can push back the gum line creating pockets for bacteria to thrive and rot the space between the tooth and the gum. This is called periodontal disease. It is painful and leads to teeth falling out or the need for extraction. Signs of poor dental health include, bad breath, discoloured teeth and red gums, broken teeth, inappetence or painful mouth.

Come in for an assessment of your pets mouth and learn some great tips for healthy teeth and gums.

Pets and anxiety

Dogs and cats are both affected by anxiety, there are numerous triggers for anxiety and odd behaviours in pets. Symptoms can include destructive behaviours, barking, howling or meowing excessively, inappropriate toileting, hiding or being clingy

The more common triggers are from thunderstorms, wind, car trips, lawn mowers, fireworks, new baby and even vet visits.

There are a few things you can do to help your pet throughout these stressful times.

Thunder shirt/jacket is a weighted jacket which is worn by the animal to give the sensation of being held and feel secure.
Pheromone sprays, diffusers and collars that can be used in the pets environment or for the animal to wear (bandana or collar)
Ongoing training and de-sensitisation of the trigger done over a period of time. Get the pet used to the event or thing that causes the anxiety or behavioural issue.
Visit to a behaviourist veterinarian who can recommend training techniques and prescribe medications if necessary.
Contact us today for a vet visit on 9707 3855 if your pet is having any difficulty. We can help rule out any medical reason as to why the animal is behaving strangely and offer treatment options.

Spotlight on the Burmese cat

Burmese are a very laid back breed, social, gentle and intelligent. They are a very playful and inquisitive.

The Burmese cat has a dog like personality and love to follow owners around all day in the hope to getting a pat. They are very affectionate and are good with children and make an exceptional family pet. They have a lifespan of 12-16 years. Males weigh approximately 5kg and female 4-5kg, the coat is sleek and short with colour variety’s of brown, chocolate, blue, lilac, red, cream or tortie, and golden coloured eyes.

The two cats featured belong to nurse Donna there names Diddley (left) and Delilah. (Right)
Did you know…?

Adult dogs have 42 teeth which do need to be looked after.

Pets rarely get cavities because they dont eat sweets and their jaw and tooth surfaces are different to humans.

Although 80% of Dogs do have active dental disease by the age of 3 years.