Commonly our pet’s teeth can look a little bit neglected. This is often just due to your pet’s own predisposition to plaque and tartar build up. Diet can also play a role, which is why we strongly advise a good quality dry food. Plaque and tartar build up is extremely common, but it can lead to dental decay, foul-smelling breath and have a huge impact on your pet’s general health. We advise that you get your pet’s teeth cleaned as required. During a health check, we will check your pet’s teeth and give you advice regarding the need for a dental.
A dental is a day procedure. Your pet will come in to us in the morning and be checked over by one of our vets. A sedation is required so that we can examine the mouth and all the teeth fully and to ensure absolutely no discomfort to your dog or cat. If your pet is older, we may discuss running a blood screen prior to the anaesthetic or sedation.
During the dental, the enamel surface of the teeth will be descaled of any plaque or tartar build up and the surface will be polished. Any damaged teeth will be assessed and it will be decided if any extractions are required.
The gums are normally a little sensitive after a dental but this is completely normal. Your pet will get a pain relief injection if the gums are a bit inflammed, and we advise feeding a soft food for a few days. The gums heal very quickly.
Depending on the individual case, we may advise a tooth paste or use of an oral hygiene gel after the procedure to help prevent further build up of plaque and tartar or a prescription diet where indicated.
Your male or female, dog or cat can be neutered from around 6 months of age.
Spaying is a fairly straight forward surgical procedure. Your pet will be admitted to the hospital in the morning after a consultation with one of the vets, and discharged to you that evening by the nurse on duty. She will be back to us for a free post-op check at around 4 days after her operation, and again 2 weeks or 14 days after her procedure, to have her stitches removed.
Spaying your dog or cat will prevent unwanted pregnancies, reduce the risk of mammary tumours and infections of the uterus.
Castration is a straight forward surgical procedure. Again, your pet will be admitted to the hospital in the morning, and discharged to you that evening. A post-operative check will usually be scheduled for 4 days after the procedure and stitches will be taken out 14 days after the procedure. Male cats don’t usually require any sutures so often don’t need to come back for post-operative checks.
Castration can help prevent dogs or cats from wandering in search of a female, which is when they are most at risk of being knocked down on the road or involved in a fight. Castration can also help with aggression and spray marking as well as reducing the risk of prostate problems. Castration does not affect your pet’s personality.
Specialist Orthopaedic Procedures
At Arena Veterinary Hospital, we have been providing a small animal orthopaedic service for a number of years. We currently receive small animal orthopaedic referrals from a number of practices in the South East.
Chris Young has, over the last number of years, invested in a large range of specialist orthopaedic equipment and completed numerous courses in the field of small animal orthopaedics to permit varied fracture repair techniques and joint surgeries to be undertaken.
An orthopaedic work-up includes a full examination of the animal, x-rays of affected areas, surgery or medical care as required, post-operative care and a long-term management plan.
Some of the orthopaedic cases catered for include external fixator fracture repair, plating of fractures, cruciate surgeries including TTA rapid, luxations and assessment of hip dysplasia.
For further information on the orthopaedic service we provide, please do not hestitate to contact us.