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Happy Teeth, Happy Smile, Healthy Pets

We, as humans, brush our teeth every day, use mouth wash; it is just a part of our routine. But for our beloved pets, unfortunately, we do not consider that looking after their teeth is just as important as looking after our own.

Our pets can have pretty bad breath at times; many people will believe that this will mainly be down to the food that they eat. This is true, but more often than not, bad breath is caused by dental or gum disease due to the build up of plaque in the mouths of our pets.

So, as February is pet dental hygiene month, we thought we would help our customers out in keeping their pets teeth nice and healthy. So here at Black Cat Medicines, we are offering every customer who purchases a Kong puppy toy a free logic gel sachet. Logic Oral Hygiene helps to prevent the formation of dental plaque and fight bad breath.

Firstly, plaque is bacteria that sticks to our teeth, gums and tongue. It produces acids and other toxins that attack gums resulting in dental problems such as bad breath, gum inflammation and tartar. This is why it is important to remove plaque from your pet’s teeth regularly.

You may have heard that dry dog food cleans your dogs teeth... it does and it doesn’t. It can remove some of the plaque near the top of your dog's teeth. But it is almost ineffective when it comes to cleaning near the gum line. This is where plaque and tartar causes it’s most harm! The only real way to improve your pet’s dental health is through regular brushing. It is better to begin brushing when your pet is 6-8 weeks old. However, it is never too late to start. Ideally Logic Oral Hygiene Gel should be used with regular brushing. However it will still be beneficial if your pet refuses a full dental regime. If this is the case, the gel can be applied to your pet’s paw so they will lick it off or you can directly insert the gel into their mouth.

*** Do NOT use regular human toothpaste for your pet. Most human toothpastes contain fluoride, which is extremely poisonous to your pets! We provide Virbac toothpaste kits for Cats and Dogs on our website! ***

It is all well and good knowing what you need to do to improve your pet’s health, brushing their teeth and applying Logic Oral Hygiene Gel, but having them sit still and accepting the dental care can be a challenge.

If you follow these steps, you can start to make your pet enjoy regular brushing:

1.   To start, gently place your finger near and around your pet’s mouth. Allow some time to get comfortable with your hand being around their mouth and reward good behaviour with a small treat. Slowly start to move inside of their mouth they will start to feel more comfortable as you continue doing this.


2.  Let your pet lick a small amount of toothpaste off your finger, this will help your pet adapt to the taste, making it more likely accept the toothpaste.

3.  Show your pet their toothbrush, this allows time to inspect the brush before putting it in its mouth. A good idea would be to allow your pet to lick some toothpaste off the brush. Ensure you praise them for this, so they know they are being well behaved.

4.  After your pet is comfortable with the toothbrush, you can start to gently scrub a small section of their mouth at a time to get them familiar with the feel and motion. You can, of course reward them with lots of praise, make sure you let them know they are behaving and doing a good thing.

5.  When brushing your pet’s teeth, you must ensure that you clean all five surfaces of each tooth. We would advise you gently use a circular motion to clean the whole tooth, please give your attention to where the gum and the teeth meet, this is important.

6.  Finally, make sure you stick to a routine. The more often you brush your pet's teeth, the more they will begin to get familiar with your hands in and around its mouth. This will make brushing easier over time.

If you follow this step by step method, it will allow your pets to get excited about a regular brushing routine. Of course, this will be tough to get started, but this simple routine will help reduce the risk of having dental infections and oral health problems in later life.

A simple brushing routine will go a long way to improve your pet’s health and of course reduce that vet bill. You never know, one day you may catch your pet brushing their teeth themselves...

So now, you and your pet will have fresh breath!

Comments | Posted in General News By Jay Somaiya

Are you prepared for fireworks?

7 Sep 2016 22:54:13

Firework fears and noise phobias

How to minimise anxiety that many dogs suffer during the firework season

Many dogs suffer from anxiety during the firework season, with firework fears affecting

up to 80% of pets. If ignored, firework fears can progress to a more serious noise

phobia, whereby even the slightest noise causes panic and sudden, extreme and

excessive reactions.

To help minimise the anxiety that many dogs suffer from during the firework season,

here are some top tips to help calm and reassure your pet.

 

Preparing a den for your dog

You can prepare a den for your dog to retreat to while the fireworks are going off,

ideally a month in advance so they are comfortable using it when the fireworks start.

The den should be covered to protect your dog from both the sudden noise and

flashing lights of fireworks. If your dog is used to sleeping in a crate, it is a good idea

to cover the crate with a blanket or towel to enhance its feeling of security. A den can

be made from anything; for example, a strong cardboard box turned on it’s side, table

or chairs.

It is advisable to create the den where your dog feels safe and where it would normally

retreat to, such as in a commonly used room like the kitchen or living room where the

presence of people will provide some security. The comfort of this den can be further

enhanced by using an ADAPTIL Diffuser near to the den and/or spraying the inside of

the den with ADAPTIL Spray.

If your dog finds its own convenient bolthole, such as under a bed or at the bottom of a

cupboard, it should be accessible, comfortable and safe. You should wait until your dog

is ready to come out of its den or hiding place. Do not try to coax them out of their

hiding place, this can cause more distress to your pet.

Some stressed dogs can pant a lot more so make sure a water bowl is accessible at all

times this can be placed either in the den or nearby.

For a dog that doesn’t require a den

If there is not space or opportunity to build a den, an ADAPTIL Diffuser will provide

pheromone support while fireworks are going off. The ADAPTIL diffuser will only take

24 hours to become fully functional once plugged­in and should be plugged in

approximately two weeks prior to the event (to allow the pheromone to support your

dog in the run up to fireworks going off). Each ADAPTIL refill will last up to four weeks

and the ADAPTIL diffuser head will need to be replaced every 6 months. For constant

support in and out of the home an ADAPTIL Collar will last up to 4 weeks and can be

used in addition to the diffuser. The ADAPTIL Spray can be applied to the dog’s

bedding for shorter periods of support.. Keeping your dog entertained

A healthy treat or a favourite toy can be put in the den to distract your pet. A Kong

chew toy is ideal, as it can be filled with food to keep your dog’s attention.

 

Masking noise and light

Curtains should be drawn and blinds shut to muffle out any noise and reduce the

intensity of the flashing lights from outside. Play soothing music or have the TV on to

further mask the noise of fireworks. Doors and windows should be locked and remain

closed, this will muffle the noise but also prevent your dog from escaping if they decide

to bolt in panic.

 

Act normally

Seeing you acting normal during fireworks will also help your dog feel more settled. Try

to avoid leaving your dog on its own while the fireworks are going off, as it may injure

itself through fright. Do not punish your dog for showing fearful behaviour during

fireworks. If your dog is frightened comfort your dog as necessary but try and keep this to a minimum

as making a fuss of your dog can increase their reliance on you in the future.

 

Additional hints and tips

All dogs should now be microchipped by law. If your dog bolts during fireworks it is

likely to be hiding nearby, so you should search the local area. If this is unsuccessful,

phone your local police station, any veterinary practices, local kennels, rescue centres

and the dog warden to see whether your dog has been handed in.

Walk your dog early in the evening to avoid going out during the fireworks. If you are

worried that your pet is taking a long time to recover from the firework festivities, you

could speak to your vet about a behavioural therapy programme. A list of qualified

behaviourists can also be found on the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors’

website – http://www.abtcouncil.org.uk/. Does your dog have fear of fireworks?

If you are wondering whether your dog is having trouble coping with loud noises, check

the list of symptoms below:

· Trembling and shaking

· Showing increased ‘clinginess’

· Barking excessively

· Cowering and hiding behind furniture

· Trying to run away

· Soiling in the house

· Pacing and panting

· Refusing to eat

Check this link to take Adaptil’s Sound Sensitivity Questionnaire:

http://www.adaptil.com/uk/What­Causes­Stress­in­Dogs/Behaviourist­Fear­of-
Fireworks­Assessment

For further information on how to prepare your dog for the firework season, please visit

www.ADAPTIL.com/uk

Comments | Posted in General News By Garry Howard

Dog Microchip Law April 2016

As a reminder that you may be aware of, compulsory microchipping comes into force at the beginning of April 2016 for dogs.

Our Veterinary Surgery in Standish, Lancashire (Gilmore Veterinary Surgery) is able to carry out the placement of microchips 7 days a week for as little as £17.50 - just give our team a call today on 01257 426110.

If you are unsure if your dog has been microchipped feel free to give the surgery a call on 01257 426110 and we can check your pets record.

New Legislation

Compulsory microchipping for dogs in the UK is nearly here. From 6th April 2016 it will be a legal requirement to have your dog microchipped. Around 34% of dogs in England are still not microchipped – that’s approximately 2.5 million dogs!!

It’s not just dogs that need microchipping, our beloved felines benefit too! Cats love the sanctuary of a warm home but sometimes get lost whilst exploring outside! While microchipping cats is not compulsory, it is the best method to help you become reunited should they go missing. Around 38% of the UK cat population are still not microchipped – that’s approximately 4.2 million cats!

Comments | Posted in General News By Garry Howard

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