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By Vet Happiness on Friday, 14 March 2014
To perform a thorough dental examination and assessment, your pet must be under general anaesthetic.

Most pets are patient and very well behaved.  They will let us look in their mouth and at their back teeth.  Some pets aren’t so welcoming.

To do a thorough dental assessment, we need to place a probe under the gum around every tooth.  We are looking for pockets.  A pocket can indicate bone loss around the tooth or a hole in the tooth and developing infection. We also need to look at the inside of each tooth.

We are also looking for fractured teeth, worn teeth, enamel loss and/or misalignment of teeth.  This is very hard to do when your pet continually moves their head around.

We may need to take a dental x-ray of your pets tooth.  The dental imaging equipment is a very expensive piece of equipment.  To take dental x-rays, we need to place plates in...
By Vet Happiness on Wednesday, 12 March 2014
Just like people, all dogs and cats get an invisible film on their teeth called plaque.  Plaque is a soft, sticky film that builds up on teeth and contains millions of bacteria.  Plaque is not a food residue, as it actually forms more rapidly during sleep and less rapidly when food if consumed. It can not be seen unless it is stained.  The build up of plaque is one of the causes of bad breath.

In an ideal world, this plaque that naturally builds up on teeth would be all be removed through the action of chewing.  Unfortunately, this doesn’t happen and hence any cat or dog (in particular the smaller breeds of dogs) can be susceptible to dental disease.

In dogs and cats, plaque, which is continually bathed in a calcium-rich saliva, undergoes mineralization to form calculus. Calculus (also known as tartar) is the hard brown material that can be seen dogs and cats’ teeth. It usually begins at the gum line of teeth closest to the salivary duct openings, then becomes thicker and spreads to the rest of the tooth. As calculus has a rough surface, it promotes even further plaque accumulation.

By Vet Happiness on Friday, 7 March 2014
When we look at your pets teeth, we are checking for any signs of disease  or problems such as broken teeth, infected or red gums, tartar (the yellow or brown material), smelly breath, fur trapped around teeth and lumps in the mouth.

We want to see a healthy mouth but experience has shown us that a significant number of our patients have dental disease. 

The problem is that pets will still eat despite being in discomfort!!

So many problems can go unnoticed until they become severe.  By then it is too late to save the teeth.

At every consultation with the veterinarian, they will examine your pets’ teeth.  They examine the teeth at the front but also the teeth at the back.  We have seen many beautiful clean teeth at the front but affected teeth at the back of the mouth and vice versa.

If your pet has any tartar on their teeth or red gums,...
By Vet Happiness on Sunday, 2 March 2014
Osteoarthritis is a common, painful, chronic disease of both dogs and cats.  Maple Veterinary Happiness

It is most often seen in elderly animals although younger animals who have had previous injuries or have been particularly active can suffer at a younger age. 

Sometimes the signs of arthritis are very obvious… It’s not difficult to picture an old dog that has trouble getting up in the morning and can’t jump into the car any more… but it is not always that obvious and careful observation may be required. This is particularly the case with cats where subtle behaviour changes may be observed.

If your pet shows ANY of the following signs, please talk with one of our friendly team members about diagnosis & treatment options:

Slow to get up or walk Circling many times before lying down Unwillingness to jump up or down any more Crying or whining when moving...
By Vet Happiness on Friday, 28 February 2014

What do we vaccinate cats against?

At Veterinary Happiness, we recommend and use a standard F3 vaccination.  This gives your cat protection against:

Feline Rhinotracheitis – a highly contagious airborne virus that causes sneezing, coughing, and nasal discharge.  Infected cats often become ‘chronic snufflers’ and need management throughout their lives. Mortality can occur in kittens and geriatric cats. Feline Calicivirus – this respiratory virus also causes sneezing and nasal discharge and is also likely to cause eye discharges and tongue ulcers leading to inappetance and lethargy.  Both respiratory viruses can still infect other cats after the sick cat recovers. Feline Panleucopaenia Virus – a highly contagious virus that can spread on infected droppings, food bowls, clothing, shoes and bedding and causes depression, loss of appetite, uncontrollable vomiting and diarrhoea (often with blood) and severe abdominal pain.  Mortality rate in kittens is high.  Unborn kittens can develop brain damage....
By Vet Happiness on Friday, 28 February 2014
What do we vaccinate dogs against?

At Veterinary Happiness, we recommend and use a standard C5 vaccination.  This gives your dog protection against:

Canine Parvovirus – a highly contagious virus which attacks the gastrointestinal tract and can spread on stool, soil, food bowls, clothing, shoes and bedding.  Causes diarrhoea, often with a lot of blood, uncontrollable vomiting and severe abdominal pain.  Mortality rate can vary from 10-90% in affected dogs. Canine Distemper – a viral disease of dogs that causes fever, discharge from the nose and eyes, vomiting, diarrhoea and pneumonia may follow.  Muscle spasms, convulsions and progressive paralysis can occur and may result in permanent brain damage. Canine Infectious Hepatitis – a highly infectious disease caused by a virus passed in the urine of infected dogs for up to six months after the affected dog recovers. ...
By Vet Happiness on Friday, 28 February 2014

Puppy preschool classes are a lot of fun and are an important part of raising a well socialized, well mannered dog that is a pleasure to own and decreases your stress levels as they have the foundations of excellent behaviour.

Classes will run on Thursday nights and are for puppies 8 weeks to 16 weeks old.  This 5 week course, which will be run by a trainer from Urban Dog Training, is designed to:

  • promote socialization in a safe environment
  • set puppy up with a basic foundation in learning and training and
  • prevent future problems

For further information or to book your puppy’s place in an upcoming class at Veterinary Happiness, contact Positive Response Dog Training on (07) 3459 2121.