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Microchipping- more than an implant

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When was the last time you thought about the details on your pet's microchip records?

People move, phone numbers change and sometimes animals even change owners. If your pet's details are not updated on the microchip register you may as well not have one implanted. Your pet may never make it back home if they get lost. 

Heartworm Prevention- What you need to know!

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Heart and Lungs at necropsy with heartworm

 

What is Heartworm?

Heartworm (Dirofilaria immitis) is a potentially fatal worm that is spread by mosquitoes and affects dog and cats. When a mosquito bites the animal,  heartworm larvae are injected into the skin . The larvae then develop into small immature worms that travel to the right side of the heart via the peripheral veins. The worms become mature approximately 6 months after infecting an animal and can reproduce inside the infected animal. Heartworms can grow up to 10-30cm long and live for up to 5 years. A dog can be infected with up to 250 worms!

Toxoplasmosis

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A recent episode of Sunday on channel Seven aired a story about toxoplasmosis and I don't think that it really gave a true reflection on what the true facts are about toxoplasmosis. I believe that the story was inspired by this article in The Conversation. It should be noted that the author of this article begins the article by stating:

"I should admit straight up that I’m no fan of cats"

Give ticks the flick!

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Tick Paralysis- what you need to know!

Over the warmer months we see an increase in the number of pets coming in with tick paralysis. Ticks are small insects that feed on animals and there are alot of paralysis ticks (Ixodes holocyclus) in our area which cause a progressive paralysis which will eventually kill the animals. In order to prevent your pet getting harmed by ticks here's what you need to know:

Some Flea Facts

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Stop Fleas with a Monthly Squeeze

The weather is warmer up so the fleas are emergency after being dormant over winter. APPLY YOUR FLEA CONTROL NOW.

Not only can we supply you with great quality flea products that will work but we have the expertise to help you eliminate those nasty pests. In order to understand why your flea control is not working you need to have an understanding of the flea life cycle:

Summer: the Pest is Yet to Come

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Warmer Weather and Man’s Best Friend’s: most Intimate Associates

Somehow, about six months ago, I got caught up in a whirlwind of events involving a sob story, a broken leg, a puppy, and some rather steep financial limitations, and wound up with a dog.

Fleas are socially unacceptable and there’s nothing like desperately trying to eradicate them from a house you don’t own, to really hammer home quite how tenaciously fleas cling to life.

Pulp Fiction: The Truth about Dental Disease

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Say you come in for your bi-annual dental examination, and we pick up dental disease.
The invariable response is couldn’t we just brush?  Should I give more bones? And does my pet really need a dental? 
In short, no, no and yes.

All the best home care in the world (see Cliff Notes: The Whole Tooth) can’t cure dental disease. To understand why, it’s really important to understand how bacteria undermine teeth, and the difference between plaque and dental disease.

Plaque

Plaque is a thin, slimy film of bacteria that coats teeth, happily living on scraps that slosh around the mouth.  Brushing, friction, chewing and diet can wipe them away, and slow the damage they do by controlling the bacterial numbers.

Dental disease is destruction the plaque bacteria cause to the mouth.  They eat away at the base of teeth, making them loose, killing the living pulp and making them painful centres of infection in your dog or cat’s mouth.  They cause reddening, soreness, bleeding and inflammation of the gums, both by themselves and with their by-products. 

Calculus

When the minerals in the saliva mingle with the plaque bacteria, they form solid, rock-like deposits on the teeth, called calculus. The teeth become rough, and without their smooth veneer, are even more hospitable to bacteria, which would be sloughed of a healthy, glossy enamel.

Once bacteria get under the gum line and go to town on the tooth root, they are lost to home dental care forever.  A toothbrush, even with the best, and most assiduous technique, is only going to reach a maximum of 3-5mm under the gum.  The tooth root extends centimeters.

Brushing will remove plaque but it can't remove Calculus.

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