As you may be aware, dental disease not only affects us but can affect our much loved pets too, so regular checks are important in maintaining your pet’s gleaming white smile.
Dentistry checks and treatments available for your pet
Our team here at North Nowra Veterinary Hospital are happy to check your pet’s teeth and go through what kind of treatments we provide for your pet’s dental hygiene. This may include the following:
- Dental check – which involves examining the teeth and gums for any signs of tartar buildup, gingivitis or tooth decay. This helps us to prevent further infection or problems getting out of hand.
- Scale and polish – done under general anaesthetic (your pet is given support while asleep which includes being kept warm with a heat pad, bloods are taken before they are anaesthetised to ensure all health parameters are within a normal range, intravenous fluids are given to ensure a quick recovery and a manicure, pedicure and a ear pluck if necessary, which makes your pets make over complete! Your pet’s teeth are scaled and polished which involves scaling the tarter off each tooth and then polishing them until they shine
- Extractions – done at the same time as the scale and polish, the teeth are removed if only absolutely necessary with your consent
- Each tooth’s pocket (the area between the tooth and the gum) is measured to ensure there is no infection
- Antibiotics and pain relief are given if required
- The patient goes home with a Dental Care Starter Kit which includes a toothbrush, sample toothpaste and dental chews.
Dental Radiology for your pet
We are fortunate to have a dental x-ray machine to take images of your pet’s teeth when they visit us for a dental procedure. Dental x-rays are recommended because 2/3 of the tooth sits below the gum line, out of sight. Tartar and inflammation works its way under the gums and all the way to the root.
Dental x-rays enable Veterinarians to view additional problems that may not be visible on an oral examination. In one study over 50% of pets had problems that would not have been identified without dental x-rays.
Some problems that can be seen include, tooth root abscess, tooth resorption and bone loss which are all incredibly painful. If we can pick up these problems early and at the time of treatment it can save running into complications in the future.
Preventative Dental Care for your pet
- Teeth brushing (only use pet toothpaste)
- Dental specific diet, like Royal Canin Dental Biscuits
- Chicken necks, carcass or kangaroo tail
Parasites spend their time living on or inside our pets resulting in damage to our pet’s well being and general health. Fleas, ticks and intestinal worms are the most important parasites to protect your pet against.
As our companion animals become older, you may start to notice the negative effects of osteoarthritis. Arthritis is a common condition causing inflammation, swelling, pain and discomfort in joints. There are many treatment options available to help control arthritis in our pets. If you think your pet may have osteoarthritis, please speak to your veterinarian. They can examine your animal, discuss your concerns, and work with you to put together a plan to help improve and manage the problems you are seeing.
Joint problems mainly occur in dogs, but some large breads of cats may also suffer. This article explores the causes, diagnosis and treatment of osteoarthritis, cruciate ligament rupture, hip dysplasia and medial luxating patella in pets.
With summer approaching, we decided it was a good time to alert our pet owners to the risk of heat stroke. Unlike people, most animals can’t sweat and have to lose excess heat through evaporation by panting. This makes it difficult for them to cool down and puts them at greater risk of heat stress on hot days and when doing strenuous exercise.
Urinary incontinence in dogs can be very confronting and frustrating for dog owners. There are many causes ranging from physical problems resulting from injuries or illness to neurological problems, birth defects or old age.
Dogs and cats can suffer stomach and bowel problems ranging from diseases such as pancreatitis, to the ingestion of foreign objects and the build up of hair resulting in hair balls. Read about causes, symptoms and treatments for stomach and bowel issues.
All animals and pets are at risk from poisons, toxins and venoms in and around our homes. Some of these substances may be naturally occurring, and may be non toxic to humans. Find out which plants, foods and other substances put our pets at risk.
"They all love animals"
Understanding that some couples who have kids and grandkids, treat their animals like people. Having well trained staff, who get to know us quickly, and who are always so nice, helpful and efficient. They do great follow up calls to monitor their patients, and if they say they will call back, they actually do call back. They love animals and are very involved with their work.
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Thank you for providing a cattery where our 2 cats have stayed several times, and get outstanding care. They come home each time so relaxed - none of this tail and nose in the air for 48 hours story. The result is we go away and have no worries about our cats.
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I have always been a client of North Nowra Vets. Their care and compassion is so heartfelt. They care for my cats as if they were their own. Always available for emergency after hours calls. I also use the cattery when we go away and have never had a cat ignore me afterwards. We will remain a loyal customer at North Nowra Vets because they care.
"My best respect to all who are part of this team"
These vets, Cathy and Quentin and their team, I cannot speak more highly of their knowledge and care, it is wonderful and you never leave you pet for surgery wondering. They all have a true love of animals. My best respect to all who are part of this team. Well done.
"Visits are never rushed and our dog's checkups are very thorough"
We have always found Kathy, Quentin and staff very pleasant and helpful. Visits are never rushed and our dog's checkups are very thorough. The options for treatment are clearly explained so the best choice can be made. Our dog has the intelligence and strong will that his breed is known for but he is always very happy even excited to go to the North Nowra Veterinary Hospital and that surely is a strong a recommendation as any.
"Everyone is so welcoming and friendly!"
From a client's perspective, or 'owner of your patient', you have many years brought the "whole package" together in relation to you practice. Everyone is so welcoming and friendly which is great for both human and animal. I have for many years been referring friends, neighbours, acquaintances and clients from our own business to you knowing that they will receive professional care and excellent diagnosis.
"It's all about the little things you get right!"
It's not easy to say specifically which one thing makes for your customer service, as it's all about the little things you get right, such as keeping staff for long periods of time, so we see familiar faces and hear familiar voices on the phone. The fact that a number of people want to stay sends a powerful message that it's a good place to work.
"I pass 3 other clinics to get to you"
A lot of people ask me why I go out of my way to go to your clinic. It's because you have always given the best possible care, the centre is always fresh looking and a smile always available. At first I felt a bit apprehensive seeing someone other than Cathy or Quentin. But each and every time my distress has been eased with the knowledge and support given by all the team. I have always received 110%.
"Thanks for providing a hassle free service and a happy place"
I am pretty impresses when whoever is on the counter manages to call up Xena's details as I'm walking through the door so that by the time I reach the counter it's all up on the screen waiting for whatever has to be done. It's great and really efficient!! Thanks for the hassle free service and a happy place to walk into!
"I couldn't be happier with the service and care for my dog!"
Upon arrival I was very nervous as this was my first time taking my dog to Jervis Bay Vets. I had recently moved away from a hospital I was unhappy with. I could not recommend the Veterinary Clinic enough, the team are like a family and the veterinarian spent quality time with pet addressing the concerns I had. I am very happy.
"The vets took every precaution"
Thankyou to the vets and staff that saved my beautiful dobermann bitch "Sophie", I am a dog breeder and was very impressed with the communication between the vets, they were thorough, caring and professional, with a complicated medical condition (VWD). The vets took every precaution. I would recommend their services, your dog is in great hands here.
Our Great Dane has anxiety issues, for which she is being medicated. These medicines worked quite well for a time, but her anxiety started to increase, so we gave acupuncture a go. The difference was noticeable after the first treatment, and she continued to improve. After a few treatments she plateaued, and has been without treatment for a few months now, and still going well – she is much happier and calmer. I highly recommend giving it a go in Kristy's very talented hands.
"Our girl Freyja has a better doctor than us!"
Every time we visit the vets they always go above and beyond for us. I always feel like they put in so much time for us. They also know how to handle one big wriggly great dane!
"I have never been to such a good vet!"
I am so glad I finally found a vet that really understands my anxious dog! All the nurses and vets are always gentle with my dog! Thank you!