Posted 29 November 2016 at 20:35
Clients are often surprised at how bad their cat's or dog's teeth are when they are examined during routine checkups. We often assume all is well because they don't always give us any sign that they are in dental pain.
The majority of cats and dogs will suffer from some form of dental disease during their lifetime. If action is taken early it can often be easily treated, or even prevented.
With most cats and dogs it is quite simple to gently open the mouth or lift their lips for a quick look at their teeth. Just be careful not to stick your fingers too far in as they may accidentally bite you! Of course if you have a feisty pet it may be best to ask for assistance or leave it to the professionals.
When lifting the lips look at the gums for redness or bleeding. Take a look at the teeth which ideally should be white, but often have yellow or brown deposits building up, called tartar. If your pet is very good, look closely for wobbly teeth, cracks, chips or even small holes.
Other things to watch out for are lumps on the gums, swellings or other growths.
Brushing - Just like with humans, regular, daily if possible, brushing can reduce the build up of plaque and therefore tartar, reducing the risk of peridontal disease. There are many toothpastes available including some containing enzymes that help to break down the tartar on the teeth.
Diet - This plays a big part in keeping our pets' teeth clean. Feeding just wet food means there is less abrasive material to help keep the teeth clean and therefore brushing is much more important. Dogs and cats that are fed biscuits tend to have healthier teeth as the biscuits help scrape the teeth when they are eating.
Dental chews - There are plenty of dental chews that are also available for your pets but it is important to remember these are food! Their main food should be reduced accordingly to save their waistline.
If you have any questions or concerns about the dental hygiene of your dog or cat, feel free to call the practice on 0151 648 9933 to book a free dental examination with our Registered Veterinary Nurse.
Posted 28 February 2014 at 14:30
We would like to introduce Kirstie, our new Veterinary Care Assistant Apprentice.
Kirstie lives in Irby and started here just over 2 weeks ago. She has 2 guinea pigs called Bella and Daisy and a cat called Mylo.
We are very pleased to have her join our team!
Posted 4 February 2014 at 12:00
Today is our one year anniversary since we opened! What a great year!
Thank you to all our lovely clients and everyone for all your support.
Posted 19 March 2013 at 19:30
We will be holding an OPEN DAY on Saturday 6th April! Come along and see what makes us the best!
In addition, if you register with us at our open day, you'll receive £5 OFF your first consultation!
We look forward to seeing you!
Posted 20 January 2013 at 11:30
Our practice will be opening in early February.
In the meantime you can register with us via our registration page and we will contact you once we are open.
In addition, we will be holding an open day shortly after opening, where we invite you to pop in to say "hello", meet the team and get an opportunity to look behind the scenes in our brand new premises.