Mira Mar Veterinary Hospital
58 Cockburn Rd
Albany, WA, 6330

Phone: 08 9841 5422
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Welcome to our August newsletter!

Well doesn't time fly!  It's August again and we are once again celebrating National Pet Dental Month, and promoting dental care and oral cleanliness within the clinic.  Please read on for more information.

It's a big month at Mira Mar Vets, with both Dr Jim and Dr Renae hitting the road for 10 weeks of family fun and relaxation while Jim takes some well-earned long service leave.  In their place we welcome back Dr David Marshall, a seasoned Mira Mar Vets locum, and introduce Dr Jialin Tan, an experienced small animal clinician who has recently moved to Albany from Townsville.

We hope the Darmody family have a great holiday!  We look forward to hearing all about it upon their return in October.

Darmo rig

All packed up and ready to drive!

Contents of this newsletter

01  Dental Month at Mira Mar Vets

02  A healthy mouth equals a healthy pet

03  Can you clean my pet's teeth without an anaesthetic?

04  It's never too late for dental care

05  Flea prevention reminder

06  Mastiff takes a mud bath

01 Dental Month at Mira Mar Vets
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Did you know that we see dental disease in pets as young as 2 years of age?  Good dental health is such a vital part of your pet's wellbeing, and not only prevents pain and loss of teeth, but can also prevent serious disease from developing in other parts of the body.

This August is National Pet Dental Health Month, and at Mira Mar Vets we are offering:

  • FREE dental checks - appointments essential.
  • 50% OFF Hill's t/d food - a dental diet proven to slow plaque and tartar accumulation.*
  • 10% OFF ALL dental fees if booked in August or September. 

Please call the clinic on 98415422 to make an appointment for your pet's free dental check.  

We look forward to seeing you and your pets in August!  

*Offer applies to small bags of Hill's t/d food.  Limit of 4 bags per customer.  August and September only

02 A healthy mouth equals a healthy pet

There's no getting around this one. If you want your pet to live a healthy life, they need to have a healthy mouth!

There is now plenty of evidence to prove that dental disease is linked to other problems such as heart disease, so it is absolutely essential we keep an eye on your pet's oral health.

Dental disease strikes when plaque and tartar accumulate on the teeth and lead to infection of the gums. Bacteria from this infection can travel in the blood stream around the body and can impact the heart as well other organs such as the lungs and kidneys. 

The good news is that many of these problems can be reversed if dental hygiene is improved - and that's where we come in!

If we detect dental disease we will recommend a dental procedure to help remove the plaque and tartar and resolve any infection. We will also remove any diseased teeth that might be causing your pet significant pain.

Here are our top tips for preventing dental disease:

  • Get your pet's mouth checked by us. We will be able to spot problems early - this is essential to good dental care. A check at least once a year is vital.
  • Get your pet eating the correct food. A premium quality dry diet is essential for good oral health. There are excellent dental diets available and they really work so ask us for the best recommendation.
  • Brush your pet's teeth. This is considered gold standard - just make sure you use a pet-safe toothpaste.

We recommend a dental check up at least once a year. Regular checks will help to protect your pet's overall health and might just save their life!

When it comes to your pet's oral health, you should always turn to us for advice.

03 Can you clean my pet's teeth without an anaesthetic?

Without an anaesthetic we cannot perform a thorough examination of your pet's mouth, and there is simply no way we can diagnose or treat dental problems while your pet is awake. When it comes to gold standard dental care, we can't just ask your pet to sit back and 'open wide.'

You may have seen anaesthesia-free dentistry advertised but it is often performed by people who lack appropriate training and qualifications.

It can also have a negative psychological impact on your pet and might cause your pet unnecessary pain (plus it also puts us in danger of being bitten).

It's also important to realise that a thorough dental examination requires a patient to be completely motionless for procedures such as radiographs and probing.

An anaesthetised patient allows us to look for any root problems and potential sources of pain. We can clean under the gums, which cannot be done correctly if your pet is awake. Removing only the calculus that is visible on the tooth is ineffective because it does not fix the source of the problem or enable healing and reversal of the dental disease.

Anaesthesia-free dentistry can potentially mask serious underlying disease and can cause your pet unnecessary pain. You can read more about this on the Australian Veterinary Association website.

If it's been more than a year since your pet's last dental check, please give us a call.

04 It's never too late for dental care

It's not uncommon for us to see an older pet with dental disease but many people are worried about their senior pet having to undergo a dental procedure.

In fact, as our pets get older, their immune system becomes less effective at fighting off bacterial and viral diseases so good dental health is more important than ever!

Senior pets may be missing or have worn down teeth and this can affect their ability to chew and digest their food. They are also very good at hiding dental pain and soldiering on, so many owners put changes down to 'getting old.'

The fact is, your senior friend may be in considerable pain and could have issues such as an oral mass or a broken tooth.

Prior to an anaesthetic, we may recommend blood and urine testing to check the overall health of your senior pet and tailor the anaesthetic protocol accordingly.

It's important to realise that veterinary anaesthetics are on par with human anaesthetics and are very safe. This means your pet will be able to undergo necessary treatment to ensure a pain-free mouth and will be able to live a happier and longer life.

Regular dental checks along with a thorough whole body examination at least yearly will help minimise the risk of oral disease in your senior pet.

Please ask us for more information if you are worried about your pet.

05 Flea prevention reminder

Spring is just around the corner and as the days are getting longer, now's the time to ensure your pet is up to date with flea prevention.

Eggs that were previously laid by fleas may have been lying dormant over the cooler winter months but as soon as we get some warmer days these eggs will hatch. This will lead to an emergence of fleas and lots of itchy pets!

Treat now to prevent these little pesky little creatures from bothering your pet. The saliva from their bites can set off a nasty reaction in your pet's skin leading to flea allergy dermatitis weeks after the bite. This often requires antibiotics and medication to break the itch cycle. This can be costly and time consuming and prevention is easier than the treatment!

The good news is there are plenty of excellent flea products available for your pet. We will be able to recommend the most suitable and effective treatment.

06 Mastiff takes a mud bath

This video will have you laughing and gasping all at once! Check out this crazy dog taking a mud bath.