Dental disease can be a relatively silent but debilitating condition. At the Animal Care Hospital we regularly perform dentals on all ages and sizes of pets using only the highest quality of medicines and equipment. This is imperative for your pet’s safety and to achieve a top quality and longer lasting result.
You may notice one or more of the following:
1. Smell from the breath.
3. Inactivity/less inclined to play, lethargy.
4. Personality or temperament change, less social (i.e. aggression/depression).
5. Pets can be ‘head shy’ not as keen for rubs on the head or touching of the mouth.
6. Changes in eating habits i.e. eating less/not eating hard food in preference of soft food
7. dropping food out of the mouth/wincing in pain during eating.
On examination during consultation we look out for:
1. Tartar build- up.
2. Reddening of gums (gingivitis).
3. Evidence of fractured/broken teeth.
4. Dental decay (caries).
5. Evidence of teeth abscesses.
On noticing any of these we will offer a dental operation for your pet under general
This is the safest currently available (‘The Gold Standard’). This standard is well above
We use the same equipment as a human dentist
By chewing something hard, i.e. toys, a good marrowbone (must not be breakable), biscuits and being fed on a complete dry diet (hills science plan/TD diet-700 gm sample included with your dental,- free). This action cleans the teeth and keeps them strong and healthy.
If your pet will cooperate, this is the best way to keep the teeth clean. Brushing your pet’s teeth doesn’t take much time and is fairly easy. It is a lot easier to start at a young age. There are specifically formulated animal toothbrushes and toothbrushes available at the surgery. It is not recommended to use human toothpaste, as they are too minty and frothy and contain high levels of fluoride. Ask one of our nurses for a demonstration.
Ask your vet to check your pets teeth.
Remember (as with our own teeth) by doing a scaling and polishing on time you will save your pets teeth, prevent significant complications and have a healthier (& “sweeter smelling”) pet.
Remember if you book the procedure when recommended you will save yourself some money too.
If you require any advice about pet dental care, please get in touch by phone 021 489 3033 or email email@example.com.
a. Most kittens carry roundworms. The eggs of these worms are not visible. They can be eliminated using a complete worm tablet recommended by your vet.
b. We recommend worming every 2 weeks until 3 months old. Followed by monthly worming until 6 months. At 6 months the dosing frequency may change depending on your cat’s lifestyle.
c. We can best advise you what the recommended dosing guidelines for your cat are.
a. Kittens should not be allowed access to public places until they are fully vaccinated. This involves a series of injections beginning from 9 weeks of age and finishing at 12 weeks.
b. They are vaccinated for Cat Flu, Enteritis and Leukemia, potentially fatal diseases that are prevented by vaccination.
c. Cat vaccinations need to be topped up annually with a booster to maintain immunity
a. It is important to get this correct from the outset. Firstly, cats once weaned are better off without milk.
b. There are some very good dry food diets on the market. These are easy to feed and are less expensive than tinned food. They are also much better for maintaining good dental health. Your kitten will love these foods provided they are introduced from an early age.
c. We recommend Hills VetEssentials for your kitten/cat.
a. It is standard practice to have all cats, females and males, neutered at 6 months of age. There is no merit in letting your cat have kittens – unless you want the kittens.
b. Male cats are 50% responsible for kitten numbers so they should also be neutered! In addition neutering tom cats greatly reduces their wandering, fighting, and spraying (foul smelling urine) around their territory – your house!
c. These operations involve the cat staying with us for the day only.
a. We strongly advise that all kittens are microchipped as this is the only permanent method of identifying your pet and linking the animal back to you should they get lost or stolen.
b. A microchip is a tiny computer chip (about the size of a grain of rice) which has a unique identification number programmed into it. The microchip is simply injected under the skin of your pet usually in the ‘scruff’ or skin at the back of the neck
c. The unique number is registered with a database that holds information such as your contact phone number and address along with your pet’s name, breed and age.
d. It is also a very good idea for your kitten to have a quick release cat collar with a tag stating that your pet is microchipped.
a. We strongly advise that you insure your kitten.
b. Huge advances have been made in veterinary medicine and surgery over the last number of years. While this leads to the successful treatment of previously problematic conditions, and in general an increase in the quality of care your pet receives, costs have also risen. Knowing that your pet is insured can give you the peace of mind that you are providing your pet with the best possible care without the financial burden.
c. There are many different insurance providers out there so it is important to take your time to choose the best one for you and to understand the policy.
d. All kittens can avail of 6 weeks free insurance at their 1st check up with no obligation to continue the policy.
If you need any advice, please get in touch by phone 021 489 3033 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Unless you are going to use your female cat for pedigree breeding we strongly advise to have her neutered.
This will stop any unwanted pregnancies.
Unless you are going to use your tomcat for pedigree breeding we strongly advice to have him neutered.
There are good reasons for this:
There is no negative aspect of getting your male cat neutered.
If you have any questions about getting your cat neutered, please get in touch by phone 021 489 3033 or email email@example.com.
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