Cat Sterilization and Identification Campaign in Calvià

An initiative intended to raise awareness about the importance of identifying and sterilizing pet cats, reducing abandonment and avoiding health and behavior problems, has been launched in Calvìa. In compliance with the new municipal ordinance on the welfare and possession of animals living in human environments, approved in March 2017, it obliges the owners of cats that have access to public spaces to take responsibility for their identification and castration. For more information about the new ordinance click here.

The campaign will last for three months, and starts from on the 15th September until 15th December 2017.

During this period, cat owners who want to take part in the campaign, will receive special discounts for microchipping and/or sterilisation of their pets, subsidised both by CalviaVet Veterinary Clinic and Calvià Town Hall.

Cat owners must present a certificate of registration of residence (empadronamiento) in the Calvìa municipality to take advantage of the offered discounts. The idea is that all cats must be duly identified and registered and the owner will be obliged to keep it in good condition, looking after its health and welfare, as well as neutering all cats that venture outdoors.

We welcome this initiative as it will lead to people taking more responsibility for their cats and bringing cat ownership, protection and control up to similar standards to that of dogs.

Call us on 971695108 for more information or to book an appointment. Remember: Discounts CANNOT be given unless the certificate of “Empadronamiento” is presented AT THE TIME of the procedure.

 

 

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Basic Rabbit Health Information

Keeping rabbits as pets is growing in popularity. In the UK, rabbits are the THIRD most popular pet after cats and dogs. Having worked for many years in the UK, our vets are pretty experienced in dealing with most aspects of rabbit medicine and surgery. Previously thought to be of low intelligence and lacking personailty, pet owners are discovering what fun a tame rabbit can be in a family. Many rabbits now live indoors as “house rabbits” and can easily be traned to use litter trays. At CalviaVet we strongly support the idea of keeping a rabbit indoors as a proper family member. Please think carefully before purchasing a cute fluffy bunny “for the kids”. Rabbits are NOT a child´s plaything. Like all animals, they can inflict injury and be easily injured themselves. Do your research first: Too many rabbits end up alone and forgotten in tiny cages at the bottom of the garden when the novelty wears off and the pet is fearful and antisocial. (links below)

Just like other domestic pets, rabbits are susceptible to infectious diseases and health problems, so we would like to highlight some important veterinary issues in this species.

Vaccination

Pet rabbits in most countries need protection against two fatal viral diseases: Myxomatosis and Viral Haemorrhagic Disease (VHD). Vaccination can start as early as 5 weeks of age and should be repeated annually. The two diseases can now be protected against with a single vaccine injection, whereas previously they had to make two trips to the vet annually for this.

Neutering

There can be definite behavioural advantages in neutering rabbits around the age of 3 months old. Both males and females are less likely to show aggressive traits or try to dominate other household pets. Most importantly from a health point of view, ovariohysterectomy (spaying) in female rabbits is advocated now by all rabbit veterinary specialists as uterine cancer is extremely common in middle aged to older females.

Health problems

Tooth Malalignment

The most common complaint for which we see ill rabbits is dental issues. Rabbits have teeth that continue growing throughout life. The process of gnawing, chewing and grinding food, wears them down and keeps them at the right length. Overgrown or malaligned teeth cause huge problems for rabbits who will eventually starve to death or get septicaemia from mouth abscesses if left untreated!  The main cause of tooth problems is inappropriate diet. Many owners are misled by bright food packaging and the ease of feeding a prepackaged diet out of a bag, not realising that the main component of their diet should be hay and long-stemmed vegetation that needs to be ground up and chewed. Beware: Multi-component, colourful food is the worst type! Rabbits will pick out their favourite sugary bits and leave the rest- they will often also lead to obesity. A homogenously pelleted food is better, but hay and fresh vegetables must be top of the menu.

Signs of dental disease are: Decline of appetite, weight loss, smaller-sized or no faeces, diarrhoea, wetness around the mouth and facial swelling. It is very important to catch these signs EARLY and seek a vet who has experience treating rabbits.

Fly Strike

Probably every vet´s worst ever consultation is the poor rabbit that is brought in with a bottom seething with maggots- the larvae of flies who have opportunistically laid eggs in a nice moist, smelly area! Most rabbits clean themselves well and, as long as their living quarters are regularly cleaned of urine and faecal matter, flies should not be attracted to your pet. Occasionally rabbits can get messy around their back ends. This is not a good sign! If a rabbit has wet faeces or diarrhoea, it may have tooth or digestive problems. Obese rabbits may not reach their perineal area for clean ups, so are very prone to this too. Rabbits forced to sit on wet bedding obviously are at high risk.

Fly strike can happen fast- maggots can hatch out in a matter of hours and will start to burrow their way inside their “host”….a horrific thing for any creature to endure! Rabbits who are not picked up daily, petted and checked on, can suffer for days before this is detected and by then, it can be too late, so CHECK RABBITS EVERY DAY and if they are dirty underneath, seek veterinary attention.

Fleas

Rabbits occasionally get fleas. These are potential vectors of diseases so always have them treated. There are only a few effective products that are safe to use. Again- always ask a vet, do NOT buy random pet shop or supermarket products!

Obviously, these are just a few basic bits of information on rabbit health but always get your bunnies checked if you pick up any change in appetite, behavior or toilet habits. There´s also plenty of advice on day to day rabbit care on the internet but here are some links that we would recommend for useful info for rabbit owners

Thinking About Getting a Pet Rabbit?

http://www.rabbit.org/care/living-with-a-house-rabbit.html

Are Rabbits Good Pets for Kids? 3 Important Factors to Consider on Bunnies as Buddies

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CalviaVet´s Leishmania Testing Campaign

During the months of February and March, we will be making a concerted effort to educate all of our dog-owning clients a little more about Leishmania, the island´s endemic mosquito-borne disease.

Over the summer, most owners are aware that they must take precautions to try to prevent their dogs from being infected but there is NO prevention that is guaranteed 100% effective. Our recommendation at CalviaVet is to combine veterinary-certified mosquito repellant products with one of the two currently available methods of boosting the pet´s immune response to the parasite. Usually this combination gives effective protection of up to 96%. If you are not already applying a complete Leishmania prevention regimen, Juan and Anna will be happy to discuss this with you and recommend a specific program that suits your particular dog and lifestyle.

Despite these new advances in prevention, a large number of dogs on the island still do not receive adequate protection and if they have been bitten by an infected fly a few months ago during warmer months, it is NOW, once the disease process is underway, that we start to pick up our first new cases from 2016.

The current best recommendation from Leishmania experts is to test all dogs in the endemic regions every 6-12 months for Leishmania antibodies in their blood. This includes all apparently healthy, symptom-free dogs, allowing early detection of infection. A dog with a low-positive antibody titre but no symptoms, may still be helped to fight off the disease and eliminate the parasite if given immune-boosting medication to help his or her immune system respond correctly.

Once symptoms have developed and the disease process gets properly underway, the dog will need intensive treatment with an expensive anti-parasitic medication and will almost certainly remain infected for life which means relapses will occur and need repeated treatment throughout their life.
We will be offering a discounted price on a full health examination and Leishmania antibody test in February and March and urge owners to take advantage of the offer. Even well-protected and vaccinated dogs should be tested too.

The message we want to get across is that borderline infections CAN be stopped in the early phases!
Call 971695108 to make an appointment

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How to protect your dog against Leishmania

Nobody can know in advance whether your dog will succumb to the life-threatening disease caused by the Leishmania parasite or not- it´s really a bit of a lottery, so don´t leave it to chance!

Leishmania is endemic here in Mallorca and there is no prevention that is 100% effective on its own. We need to protect our pets both EXTERNALLY by preventing the Phlebotome fly bite transmission, as well as INTERNALLY in case they do get bitten by an infected sandfly. Internal prevention involves ensuring that the animal´s own immune system deals with the parasite correctly and eliminates it from the body. Here´s a simplified summary to help get to grips with this complicated subject…………

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Why Older Patients need Vets More Than Ever

 

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As our beloved pets enter their “Golden Years”, the list of potential health issues from which they might suffer gets ever longer.
Diseases such as osteoarthritis, diabetes, periodontitis, liver and kidney deterioration, cardiopulmonary disease, cancer, thyroid and other hormonal problems, vision and auditory impairment as well as senility issues are things that most younger dogs don’t usually suffer from, but now days, as our pets live longer, these conditions are very commonly seen and treated by vets.
Veterinary medicine and research follows closely on the heels of human medicine. Huge strides forward are being made in our understanding, diagnosis and treatment of hundreds of conditions and we now have the tools and expertise to help alleviate suffering in the last years of a patient’s life to a major degree.
It is very sad to think about many elderly animals living with constant pain and discomfort unnecessarily. Vets feel terrible frustration when a pet is brought in for euthanasia in a state of collapse, clearly suffering from a long-term condition that could definitely have been helped, had they been brought in when the condition first started.
Our primary goal as your pet’s health care providers is to alleviate suffering and improve quality of life. When we can’t do this for a patient, we suffer along with them! We never aim to simply keep an animal alive without being able to enjoy its life and will always take into account the individual situation, relationship and budget available in each case.
There is also an outdated belief that elderly animals don’t survive anaesthetics. Modern anaesthesia has come a long way and deaths on the operating table are extremely rare if correct, modern techniques are used- even for our most senior patients. Most 16 year olds sail through anaesthesia, in our experience!
It’s possible that some owners fear a visit to the vet with an elderly patient that is deteriorating, as they think it will be bad news. This “ostrich approach” is not fair on you or your pet! When an animal has been a companion and member of the family most of its life, you owe it to them to look after them in their final years when they need veterinary attention the most.

Signs that your older animal may be in need of veterinary attention include:

-Lack of interest in exercise or sleeping more than before
-Changes in appetite or drinking habits
-Taking longer to get up when lying or sitting/ general stiffness or lameness
-Bad breath or drooling
-Increased effort to breath or panting
-Change in bowel movements- diarrhoea or constipation
-Lumps, bumps or sores
-Dry, thin or matted hair
-Sticky, red or cloudy eyes
-Changes in behaviour or personality/ Anxiety issues

Remember: “Old Age” is not a medical diagnosis and is not a reason to give up on an animal’s health and well-being! Get your furry seniors and geriatrics checked by a vet every 6-9 months and make sure they are in the best shape possible to enjoy their last years comfortably.

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Why booking an appointment is important

Clinica Calviavet just turned three and we are happy to say that we presently have a large number of patients registered and continue growing by the day.
As we are getting busier, we need to schedule consultations and operations more strictly in order to continue offering a great service to everyone and giving our hospitalised patients the time and care that they need.
Making an appointment makes our day easier to organise at the clinic but also benefits you and most of all, your pet. We do our best to make every animal’s visit to the vet as pleasant and stress-free as possible, but some animals still get a little nervous coming in, especially those not used to travelling by car or in a pet carrier. A lengthy wait in the waiting room, in close proximity to people and animals that they don’t know, can lead to increased stress not only for pets, but their owners too!
When clients turn up unscheduled, this can mean a fuller waiting area and will usually result in us running behind ….which means more waiting for everyone! We may also have to reschedule operations to see extra appointments which means our inpatients have to wait extra time too!
Clients with appointments will be given priority, but if you have an urgent problem or emergency we will always fit you in. Calling just as you leave home or en route also helps us prepare for your arrival so please do try and CALL FIRST whenever possible.
Our number is 971695108 and our receptionists, Steph and Natalia will usually be able to offer you an appointment on the same day that you call.

We would also be very grateful if clients in need of repeat prescriptions or food, would call a few days before they run out, so that we can ensure they can pick up what they need without a delay. All medication must be dispensed by vets only and if they are busy, they will not be able to provide your pet’s medicine immediately. Call a day or two ahead, and we’ll try to ensure that your prescription is waiting at reception for you- much more quick and efficient for everyone!

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Processionary Caterpillars – a big danger to pets in Mallorca!

processionary-caterpillarThe Pine Processionary Caterpillar (Thaumetopoea pityocampa) is a common pest in the Balearics. Every Spring, residents must be on their guard when the caterpillars or larvae, who have overwintered in their tree top nests, hatch out and make their way in tight processions- nose to tail- down the pine tree trunks to the ground where they bury themselves in soil to pupate. Nests are fairly easy to spot since they are white, tent-like silk structures near the ends of branches, so when you spot these, be vigilant for any brown and black striped hairy caterpillars on trees, the ground or any surface in between. They tend to be in large groups but individuals do often drop out of the nests so keep eyes peeled. Their irritant hairs cause nasty allergic reactions on contact with skin – some people and anmals being affected more severely than others – but it is not particularly dangerous- treatment for the allergic symptoms is usually very effective.

Severe problems result only when the hairs come into contact with the mucous membranes of the eyes or mouth. In these tissues, the reaction is so severe that it can cause cellular death and loss of large areas of tissue. . Dogs will often want to play with these wiggly creatures and are particularly fascinated by their processions. Contact with the tongue, gums or throat can cause life-threatening swelling almost immediately followed by potential loss of the tongue a few days later. Cats tend not to investigate with their mouths as readily as dogs, but they will lick hairs off their paws or coat and experience similar effects.

It is imperative that owners seek treatment at a vet as SOON as possible. Intravenous medication can be given to halt the process of the reaction but the earlier this is done, the better the animal´s chances. You may not actually see your pet with the caterpillars, but be suspicious if you encounter ANY of the following signs:

Sudden distress, whining and agitation

Sudden frantic licking or gnawing at one area of the body- often a paw.

Pawing at the eyes or mouth

Rubbing the face along the ground

Excessive drooling

Mouth hanging slightly open and seems unable to close

The pet struggles to swallow or breath.

Prevention: Stay away from areas where you know there are a lot of nests in Spring. If walking near pines, keep your dog on the lead. If contact may be unavoidable, animals roaming in forests or in gardens where caterpillars might appear, should wear Baskerville basket muzzles. If you see your dog or cat walk over caterpillars, prevent them from licking their paws and immediately wash them with copious soap and water. You can also try to remove any hairs visible using Sellotape before wetting the area. And most importantly….if in doubt, CALL A VET!!

Calviavet Tel: 971 695108  After hrs emergency: 634 524440

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We Wish you a Vet-free Christmas!

nAUGHTY PETS XMAS¡Os deseamos unas muy Felices Fiestas y, por supuesto, sanas! En un reciente estudio publicado por la marca de comida para mascotas, Forthglade, se dice que hasta un 50% de dueños dan comida “casera” a sus mascotas especialmente todo en estas fechas. Comida… Es muy tentador dar los restos de los banquetes de Navidad a tu mascota, pero, desgraciadamente y con frecuencia se producen más vómitos y diarreas que de costumbre. Algunos perros y gatos pueden ser muy susceptibles a cambios bruscos de comida, así que ten en cuenta que no les estás haciendo un favor permitiéndole que coman de todo en estas fechas. Es muy importante que la gente sepa que hay cosas que son muy perjudiciales para los perros y gatos, como las uvas y las pasas, tan típicas en Nochevieja y que pueden ocasionar daños renales muy graves. La planta Ponseitia, la famosa flor de Pascua es extremadamente tóxica para los gatos y el chocolate, sobre todo el más puro, puede dar cuadros neurológicos agudos Regalos… Entonces, qué podemos darle a nuestras mascotas que les haga sentirse especial en estas fiestas. Lo que más aprecian son nuestro tiempo y nuestro cariño. Paseos extras, un juguete nuevo para jugar con ellos, más caricias… Otra cosa con la que hay que tener cuidado es con las decoraciones navideñas, más de una vez hemos tenido que operar de urgencia a algún perro o gato porque se había comido una pieza del Belén, o una tira de espumillón, luces del árbol de navidad… Antes de irse de vacaciones … Si has decidido irte de vacaciones es importante tener el alojamiento de vuestra mascota planeado con bastante antelación ya que las residencias caninas y felinas se llenan en seguida. Recomendamos que antes de reservar que vayáis a comprobar la residencia donde vuestra mascota vaya a pasar las vacaciones para asegurarse de que cumple con todos lo requisitos para que esté lo más confortable y segura. Si lo vas a dejar en casa de un familiar o amigo recordad dejarle el número de teléfono de vuestro veterinario por si le ocurriese algo. Nueva mascota para Navidades… No recomendamos dar una mascota como regalo. La decisión de adquirir una mascota es una decisión muy importante y llena de responsabilidades. Si lo llevas pensando bastante tiempo, si has considerado la responsabilidad, el tiempo y los costes de tenerla bien cuidada y estás seguro de que puedes tener una mascota ve primero a una perrera o protectora ya que hay cientos de animales que necesitan una casa. Si decides que quieres una raza en particular y prefieres comprarlo en una tienda o criador ten cuidado y mira bien de dónde vienen y en qué condiciones han sido criados. La Asociación de Empresarios Veterinarios de las Islas Baleares (EMVETIB) ha publicado recientemente un artículo en el Ultima Hora sobre el tráfico cruel de cachorros. Desde 2004 el tráfico ilegal de mascotas desde Eslovaquia ha ido creciendo rápidamente y sin impunidad. Cachorros de edades de 4-5 semanas son transportados en camiones en condiciones inhumanas, algunos con infecciones muy severas y a veces mortales por lo que no todos llegan a su destino. EMVETIB recomienda que antes de adquirir uno de estos cachorros os pongáis en contacto con vuestro veterinario para que os de consejos. Siempre es más recomendable adquirir un cachorro de un criador con buena reputación, visitar las instalaciones y conocer por lo menos a la madre de los cachorros y a la camada. ¡Os deseamos unas Felices Navidades y un 2015 lleno de salud y prosperidad!

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Canine Leishmaniosis

Leishmaniosis is a disease endemic to Mediterranean countries and unfortunately we see a lot of it here in Mallorca. The Balearic islands are a definite hotspot for canine Leishmania!

Leishmania infantum is a parasite that affects dogs, humans and, very occasionally, cats. In Europe, humans are very rarely infected. It is transmitted from dog to dog by the “sandfly”, a small Phlebotome mosquito.

The fly bites an infected dog and the parasite changes form within the insect. After only a few days the mosquito can then infect another dog.
When the infected mosquito bites the next dog the parasite gets inoculated and the animal is infected. The dog’s immune system starts to attack the parasite and it is this immune reaction which determines whether or not that particular dog will develop the disease.
There are certain individuals that can eliminate the parasite and not develop symptoms but a large number of infected dogs will eventually become ill and can die without treatment.

SYMPTOMS
Symptoms vary widely. The most common and “typical” are weight loss, skin abnormalities such as hair loss, dandruff, open wounds or ulcers that don’t heal…muscle wastage specially around the face, lethargy, eating less, enlarged lymph nodes (glands) and overgrown nails.
Also seen are:
Eye lesions
Nose bleeds
Lameness
Anaemia
Diarrhoea
Kidney failure
Etc…
When dogs suffer from severe kidney damage, the prognosis is much less favourable.

DIAGNOSIS
Some patients show typical symptoms of leishmania but other times, the signs can be atypical and misleading which makes it challenging for vets to diagnose. We generally make a diagnosis from a blood sample- running an antibody titre and serum proteinogram to check for an active immune response. We can also take samples from the lymph glands and bone marrow to search for the parasite in the cells  using a microscope. False negative results can occur at certain stages of infection and sometimes more sophisticated (and expensive!) testing is necessary.

TREATMENT
Once diagnosed we check to see if any internal organs are affected, especially the kidneys and, if all is well, we start with the treatment.
Treatment is often difficult. The medications involved are expensive and can have side-effects and it’s not uncommon to have frequent relapses. There is no cure- we can only resolve the symptoms but thanks to modern medical advances, dogs with Leishmania can often live for many years with an excellent quality of life We have seen dogs living for over 10 years after they were first diagnosed, so it is definitely worth treating them.

LONG TERM PROGNOSIS
We recommend regular 6-monthly monitoring of dogs with Leishmania to see firstly if the initial treatment has been effective and in the future to detect any recurrence of the disease early enough so they can be treated again if needed.
The prognosis depends on which areas of the body are affected, the worst case scenario is when the kidneys are damaged, but otherwise they tend to do very well.

PREVENTION
Of course the best cure is prevention and there are two important parts to this:

1- Stop the Mosquito Biting your Dog:
Protect your dog against mosquito bites with vet-certified repellant collars or topical pipettes. Not all brands are effective, so you must have a vet recommend the correct product. Other measures can also help to varying degrees, such as citronella sprays, repellant plug-ins, mosquito nets if they sleep outside, avoiding being out at the times of the day in the spring-summer-autum that phebotome mosquitos are most active (dusk and dawn), etc…..

2- Help the Dog’s Immune System to Respond Correctly:
After many years of investigation and trials there is finally a vaccine against Leishmania. We recommend a blood test first to make sure your dog does not have Leishmania in its system already. If that is the case, the vaccine serves no purpose, but if the test is negative, we then give three injections three weeks apart. (ie. Day 1, Day 22 & Day 43) After that it is just a yearly booster. The vaccine can be over 92% effective depending on the dog, but because it is not 100% it is essential to use mosquito repellents to obtain as close as possible to 100% protection for your dog.If you haven´t vaccinated your dog yet it is best to start in late Winter/ early Spring before the mosquitos start to appear.
There is also an oral medication that is similar in efficacy to the vaccine. It is a liquid given once daily for a month for 2 or 3 months of the year. We would recommend this especially for visiting dogs from overseas, small dogs or dogs where vaccination is not practical or risky.

If you have any questions about the disease, treatment or prevention programs give us a ring on 971 695 108 for an appointment and we will be happy to help and advise on the best prevention for your specific pet and circumstances.
Useful links
http://www.esteve.es/EsteveFront/CargarPagina.do?pagina=vet_leispro_en.jsp&div=vet

 

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YOUR PET´S DENTAL HEALTH IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN YOU THINK!

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February is CalviàVet´s Pet Smile Month – the month designated to promote Dental Health Awareness.

At CalviàVet we believe that looking after pets´ teeth is as important as looking after any other part of their body and it´s an aspect of our patients´ health which often gets overlooked.

So this month, dental health assessments and preventative advice are FREE and we are giving a 15% discount on all dental treatments for all pets with a free fluoride treatment for cats and dogs.

Keeping your pet’s teeth and gums in good shape has many health benefits in addition to maintaining fresh breath. Pet Smile Month is a great time to schedule a free checkup for your pet to ensure the best dental health possible.

WHAT IS DENTAL DISEASE?

Dental disease does NOT only affect senior pets. Without preventative dental care, 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats show signs of oral disease by age three. Dental disease progresses in stages, progressing from mild gum disease to severe bone infection and tooth loss. If caught early, you can prevent further damage and save as many teeth as possible.

Periodontal disease progression

HOW DO I KNOW IF MY PET HAS DENTAL DISEASE?

Our pets are far braver than we are and, in the early stages, they may not show any obvious signs of a problem. Bad breath is often, but not always, the first indicator of dental disease.
Not only is your best friend´s bad breath unpleasant, but an infected mouth can result in other, ‘larger’ problems, such as heart, liver and kidney disease from the overload of bacteria surrounding the infected tooth which enter the blood stream.
Of course, less commonly, other conditions could be causing bad breath in the absence of, or in addition to, tooth/gum disease. This is why it´s always advisable to get your pet´s halitosis checked out by a vet.

Other symptoms of advanced dental disease include a reluctance to eat or play with toys, “chattering” of the teeth when trying to eat, lethargy, bleeding gums, and failing to groom (cats). Some may also exhibit drooling or even pawing at the mouth.

HOW DO WE TREAT DENTAL PROBLEMS?

During a dental assessment, we perform a full and thorough dental examination assessing the state of the mouth. In certain cases where a problem is suspected but the patient is not willing to sit back and give us a big “aaaahhhh”, a mild sedation may be necessary. We generally have to give a full general anaesthetic for dental proceedures, as unfortunately, our furry patients won’t tolerate the strange sensations of the ultrasonic scaler to remove the tartar or other treatments requiring them to remain still with an open mouth for prolonged periods.
If a dental treatment is deemed necessary, we will perform a pre-anaesthetic health assessment to make sure your pet is fit and not suffering any underlying illnesses. Antibiotics are sometimes used prior to and after a dental cleaning to prevent bacterial spread through the blood stream.

WHAT HAPPENS DURING THE TREATMENT?

Because we feel dentistry is a very important area of veterinary care, we have imported the most advanced veterinary dental equipment we could find.
The patient will be put under anaesthetic and carefully monitored throughout the proceedure which will vary in length from 20 minutes to 120 minutes depending on the severity of the problems. We will then remove the plaque and tartar with an ultrasonic dental scaler the same way it is done in humans. If the teeth are in a bad state we sometimes have to remove them as otherwise they can be a source of pain, discomfort and infection for your pet. Any stitches used will dissolve in the mouth on their own.

After cleaning the teeth we then polish them with a special prophylactic paste to delay the build up of plaque in the future. A further fluoride treatment can also be given. Benefits include desensitising exposed dentin, strengthening tooth enamel and decreasing rate of plaque reattachment.
As soon as the proceedure is completed we wake your pet up, ensuring that they are snug and warm and recovery is pleasant, calm and stress-free. In the case of extractions, we administer 2 types of painkiller before they are awake so that any pain is kept to a minimum. Pets go back home with their owners once they are fully awake and up on their feet.

DENTAL HYGEINE AT HOME

There are many ways you can help keep your pet´s teeth nice and healthy:

– If you can train your pet from a very young age and she/he tolerates it, regular tooth brushing is the best prevention method. With a new puppy or kitten you can initiate a good dental care program at home. We are always happy to provide brushing lessons, and sell brushes and toothpaste specifically for dogs and cats. (NOTE: do not use human toothpaste on your pet!)
You should brush your pet’s teeth once daily but realistically, even once or twice a week is great too -setting up a routine and getting into the habit will help.

– Give them something to chew on. Dental sticks or chews are great but you have to be careful not to give too many as they can easily cause weight gain or stomach upsets. Toys like the Kong type and chewing ropes are an excellent option …they last longer and pets can play for ages chewing on them. Bones are excellent too but always best given under supervision and preferably uncooked since these are less likely to splinter or break up and get swallowed.

– Specially designed diets like Royal Canin Dental or Hills T/D have been developed to actively clean the teeth while the animal eats and provide your pet with a complete and healthy meal. They definitely slow down the future build up of plaque and tartar on teeth, increasing the interval between dental proceedures.

– There are also products available that you can mix in with the food or drinking water that help retard the growth of bacteria on teeth.

Please take advantage of this opportunity DURING FEBRUARY for a dental assessment at no cost and with no obligation. We will give you an honest professional opinion and, in most cases, an immediate proceedure will NOT be called for. We can give you advice that will most likely prolong the period until a full treatment is needed or even prevent having one all together!

So phone and make an appointment to discuss your pet’s dental health with us and we will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.
Tel: 971 695108
e-mail: info@calviavet.com

A link about how to brush your dog´s teeth here: http://www.petsmile.org/index.php?nav1=3&nav2=5&nav3=1

A link about how to brush your cat´s teeth here: http://www.petsmile.org/index.php?nav1=3&nav2=5&nav3=2

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