NEWSLETTERS

 

 


Proper dental care is critical to your pet's overall health ! Sept 2013

 

Dear Clients, 

 

It is important to be aware of these dental disease warning signs :
  • bad breath
  • yellow-brown crust on teeth
  • difficulty eating
  • abnormal drooling
  • a red line along the gum line
  • bleeding gums

If you can spot any of these sign on your animal, please give us a call and book your pet in for a free dental check by a vet nurse.


Taking care of your pet's teeth can involve regular tooth brushing, chewing toys, oral rinses and gels, special food and regular vet check-up.

We don't recommend feeding your pet bones (raw or cooked), as there are no studies available showing effects of bones on teeth and feeding your pet bones can lead to food poisoning, stomach upset, diarrhea or constipation and obstruction.

It is a good idea to begin with a regular, daily tooth-brushing routine as soon as you bring your new kitten or puppy home. Even older dogs or cats can be trained to accept having their teeth brushed. You simply need to introduce the new activity gradually and make the experience a positive one for your pet. Reassure and praise them profusely throughout the process and reward them when it is finished. Here is how it can be done :

Phase 1 : start by dipping a finger in food and rub this finger gently over your pet's gums and one or two teeth. Repeat until your pet seems fairly comfortable with this activity. 

Phase 2 : gradually introduce a gauze-covered finger and gently scrub the teeth with a circular motion.

Phase 3 : Then you can begin to use a toothbrush, either an ultra-soft model designed for babies or a special pet tooth brush. Owners often find the finger brush easier to use. It is a rubber finger covering with a small brush built in at its tip.

Phase 4 : when your pet is used to brushing, introduce the use of pet toothpaste in liquid or paste form. Don't use human toothpaste, as it can upset your pet stomach.


Tooth brush, tooth paste, special dental health food and oral rinses are available at your Park Veterinary Clinic, our nurses and vets will be able to inform you on what's best for your pet.

 


 

 

Free quote on Premium Food ! August 2013

Dear Clients, 

These days, there is an extremely wide range of food available for your pet. 
Created by veterinary nutritionists, Premium food is the best quality food you could feed your pet.

It will help :

  • keep teeth and gums healthy
  • maintain optimal body weight, build lean muscle and convert fat into energy
  • provide the building blocks for healthy joints and cartilage
  • maximize absorption of key nutrients
  • promote healthy skin and a luxurious coat
  • support the immune system between vaccinations

Studies have shown that feeding your pet some high quality premium food also increases the life span and quality of life.

 

Are you wondering how much it would cost to feed your pet with the best quality food?
Get a free quote !

Send us an email replying to the following questions and we will get back to you with an accurate daily cost.

-          What's your pet's name ?
-          What's the breed of your pet?
-          How old is he/she?
-          Has your pet been neutered?
-          What's his/her weight?
-          Is your pet active, very active, not active?

Any question or enquiry, please don't hesitate to contact your Park Vet Clinic in Caloundra (5438 9909) or visit us (we are located just in front of the race course).


Your Park Veterinary Team
Clementine Deny, Veterinarian

WE ARE WHAT WE EAT

General information on dog food :

There are basically two levels of commercial pet food: supermarket food, and what we call Premium food. While supermarket food is adequate for basic nutritional needs (again, provided it is balanced and complete), Premium pet food is a much higher quality.

There are 2 main differences in the two types of food:

Premium foods have far less "fillers". Fillers include items such as kelp and wheat. Fillers are the main source of flatulence in our dogs! Dogs on Premium food rarely, if ever, have any flatulence, if this is the sole diet that they eat.

The ingredients in Premium foods are fixed, ie. the product is consistent from batch to batch, and has exactly what is stated on the label. In supermarket dog foods, the ingredients can change depending on what is available from day to day. So the companies mention several ingredients, some of which may or may not be in the packet.

There are also less artifical flavours and colours in Premium food.

Canned versus Dry food

The main difference between dry and canned food is water - canned food has about 70% water. Canned food is far more expensive compared to dry food, because you are paying for the water! Dry food has also been shown to help keep teeth clean in reducing the accumulation of plaque and tartar.

Home cooked meals can be less beneficial to your pet as it is extremely difficult to provide all the vitamins and minerals your puppy needs, in their correct proportions. Problems can result from too much as well as too little of some vitamins and minerals.

 


 

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Watch out, ticks are still around ! July 2013

Dear Clients,

Winter has arrived and days are getting colder but let’s not take our guard down against ticks.

They are still around and we still diagnose and treat tick paralysis on a weekly basis.

We are here to help you prevent tick paralysis: spot on, spray and collars are available at your Park Vet Clinic, as well as tick twisters, grooming and hair clipping. Please note that combination therapy may give better results.  Please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 5438 9909 or visit us!

 WHAT IS TICK PARALYSIS ?

Paralysis ticks are found in scrub and bushland over much of the eastern coast of Australia, including Queensland. 

 Are all ticks paralysis ticks?

No. There are many species of tick in Australia, including the common bush tick. Whilst all species of tick are parasites which feed on the blood of animals and sometimes humans, only one species, Ixodes Holocyclus, carries the toxin able to cause paralysis in dogs and cats.

 What to do if you find a tick on your pet ?

Remove the tick with a tick twister (avoid tweezers and any products), and bring the tick to your veterinarian. Search the coat for other ticks and contact your Park Veterinary Clinic immediately as removal of the tick does not immediately halt progression of disease. Clinical signs can deteriorate for about 24hours. Early signs include a loss or change of voice, hind limb incoordination, change in breathing rhythm, rate, depth and effort, gagging, grunting or coughing, regurgitation or vomiting and pupilliary dilation. 

 How does the paralysis tick affect my pet?

Tick paralysis is a life-threatening emergency. The saliva of the tick contains a potent toxin which affects the neurological system, causing a paralysis which not only affects the limbs and body, but also the muscles involved in breathing. Without early intervention this can result in inadequate respiration, leading to respiratory arrest and death. The toxin also affects the muscles of the heart, which can result in heart failure and death.

 

Effective tick control spot on are available from your Park Veterinary Clinic, as well as anti-tick collars. We also encourage you to search thoroughly the coat daily and keep the coat as short as possible. Combination therapy (eg, spot on and collar) may give better results by using 2 different modes of action, but there are no published data to support this concept.

 Please don’t hesitate to call us if you have any question.

 Your Park Veterinary Clinic Team in Caloundra

Clementine Deny, Veterinarian

 


 

Is your pet over 7 years of age ? June 2013image002

CARING FOR ELDERLY PETS                                                                             

Senior animals have special health needs and may require more attention and care.

If your pet is older than 7 years of age, he is due for a senior health check!

As pets reach the golden years, there are a several conditions and diseases that they can face. Just as the health care needs of humans change as we age, the same applies to pets. Even if your pet seems perfectly healthy, regular geriatric check-ups are important to manage many of the changes associated with aging.

An early detection blood profile and an analysis of urine are one of the most thorough diagnostic tools available to us. It shows the health of all the major organ and glandular systems including the kidney and the liver and can show evidence of low grade or chronic problems. The food is also an important parameter in aging animal. Indeed, nutritional needs change as pets enter their senior years and the feeding you’ve been using may no longer be appropriate.

The way you care for your pet as he or she matures can help control some of the health problems associated with advancing years. Keep in mind that a year between physical examinations for your dog or cat is like 5-7 years between annual examinations for us! Therefore, for pets over 7 years old, we recommend a senior health check every six months.

For any enquiries or appointment booking, please call us 07 5438 9909. We are looking forward to hearing from you!

The Park Veterinary Clinic team, Caloundra

Clementine Deny, Veterinarian

Hill’s pet nutrition is offering a $20 off a senior health check consultation and $15 off your purchase of Hill’s senior food to the first 2000 pet owners to register before 30/08/2013. If you would like to take advantage of this great offer, visit the website: www.hillspet.com.au/en-au/seniors/save-on-senior-pet-screening.html to get your voucher.