Its March now, which means its Dental Month at Quarrington Vets. Remember… to qualify for the 15% off dentals offer, you need to book in for a FREE initial health check with one of our Registered Veterinary Nurses.
It’s hard to believe, but it’s thought that around 75% of cats and dogs over the age of 4 years old have some form of dental disease.
If plaque is left to accumulate on teeth, gum inflammation (Gingivitis) may occur, which if left untreated, could lead to gum recession, causing roots to be exposed. This can be quite painful for your pet and may result in tooth loss in the long term.
The best way to combat this is through regular teeth brushing, although, a large, hard plaque build up may need a scale and polish.
Does your pet have smelly breath? Have you noticed a visible plaque build up on your pets teeth like the picture below? Why not give us a call on 01529 307 878 to book in for your FREE health check.
Q1. My friend doesn’t have the conventional vaccinations for her dog but uses herbal remedies instead. What is the difference and what should I do when I get my new puppy as I want to make sure he is safe from any diseases?
I am sorry to hear about your dog’s illness but very pleased to hear he is now back home. Pancreatitis is a nasty illness that can be caused by many different things, and often – try as we might – the underlying cause can be difficult to identify.
Q3. My Westie puppy has just started itching constantly and is making her skin very red and a bit sore. I have tried using sensitive shampoo and creams that are meant to be soothing but it doesn’t seem to be helping. What should I do and why is it happening?
There are no legal requirements detailing how a dog should travel in a car, but a dog who is distracting the driver is likely to be considered a danger and as well as being a hazard to yourself and other road users, may earn you a stern warning from the police.
It has been quite hard for all our pets in this weather. As you have identified the most important thing is not to insist your dog takes a walk in the heat of the day. I’m afraid it is a case of walking them very early, or as it cools off in the evening. If this is not possible, it is safer not to walk them at all and to find other ways to wear your dog out at home.
Q2. I went to buy a puppy and when I got there the breeder said there was the brother to one I was picking up also needing a new home so I relented and got both. I am now not sure if this was the right decision as they are causing chaos. What should I have done and what can I do to get them to listen to me when training?
Q3. My dog who is getting on has started getting really bad breath. He isn’t too keen on me looking in his mouth and not sure what may be the cause?
Q1. When we get wintery conditions like we have are you still meant to continue using flea and tick treatment and if so is there much difference between what you can buy in a pet shop and your local Vets and what should our routine be?
Q2. – I have taken on a year old male Labrador from a rescue centre and we recently started having anxiety separation issues. I have 2 other dogs so he is not alone and I only work a couple of days a week but even then I feel really guilty but I don’t know what to do to stop him getting distressed and chewing things when I go out. Do you have any suggestions?