Imagine how your teeth would look and feel if you didn’t brush them for years.
The same applies to your pet’s teeth!
Without regular brushing, our pets’ teeth get tartared, gums become infected and dental disease takes a hold. Dental disease causes pain and discomfort to our dogs and cats, can introduce infection into other parts of the body and creates the bad breath that many of our older patients display!
To help prevent dental disease, we encourage all owners to have their pets’ teeth regularly scaled and polished – which in animals requires a general anaesthetic. As we have all learned from our own experiences at the dentist, cooperation is required to allow for proper dental examinations and treatments. The same can be said for veterinary dentistry, but with pets we can’t communicate the importance of holding still – the patient can’t understand the procedure being performed. General anaesthesia actually increases the safety of veterinary dental procedures by eliminating the potential for accidental injury from sharp instruments while performing oral examinations, dental cleanings and surgical procedures. It allows us to thoroughly examine the mouth and even take dental x-rays if needed. Additionally, proper cleaning and surgical techniques require the use of water-cooled instruments, which could pose a risk for aspiration if pets are placed under sedation without the use of endotracheal intubation and general anaesthesia.
For further information on bringing your pet in for a scale and polish, make an appointment for one of our free nurse dental checks. Or call reception on 01622 736677 to discuss over the phone!
JUNE, JULY and AUGUST only – All Pet Care Plan members can book for canine and feline anaesthetic and scale and polish for the set price of £100 for cats and £120 for dogs. (Any tooth extractions are not included within this price but the cost of any additional work would be discussed in advance of treatment).
We all know that unfamiliar cats and dogs rarely get on together, certainly to begin with and we have all seen how cautious a cat is when exposed to new surroundings. So imagine what it is like for your cat when visiting the vet surgery...
We know it is stressful when you have to bring your cat to see us. This is why we are proud to announce that we have been accredited as a Cat Friendly Clinic.
Cat Friendly Clinic is an internationally-recognised award. It means that we have met criteria to ensure all the needs of your cat are met.
When you visit us, don’t be surprised if we ask you to sit in the quiet designated cat area of our waiting room. Our separate dog and cat waiting areas to help reduce your cat’s stress. We also advise covering your cat’s carrier to make them feel extra secure. Bring a familiar blanket from home, or ask at reception for one of our covers.
As a Cat Friendly Clinic, we want to give your cat time to get used to our environment. So when you go into the consulting room, don’t be alarmed if the vet lets your cat have a look around the room first before giving it a thorough examination. Investigating the environment first helps to reduce your cat’s stress levels.
What if your pet needs to stay with us? A stay in hospital is not something that we humans particularly enjoy – we would rather be in our own homes. It is the same for our cats. So when they do need our help by coming to the clinic, we do as much as we can to make our patients comfortable and stress-free. Our cat patients are hospitalised in a separate ward so they are not near the dogs. This ensures they get all the rest they need in a calm, quiet environment.
Our cat ward has deluxe size cat kennels for our feline patients who have to stay over with us. Each kennel includes a ‘Feline Fort’, designed for the cat to sit inside or perch on top for the best view out! We have comfy bedding, large litter trays, different types of litter and a wide range of types of feeding bowls and plates – we will ask you what your cat prefers when they are admitted to the ward. For the more energetic patients we provide cat toys to keep them stimulated and busy. Plus our nursing team are always on hand to attend to their needs. This ensures they are as comfortable as possible while they receive the treatment they require.
As a Cat Friendly Clinic, all of our vets and nurses understand that cats need to be approached in a gentle, calm and empathetic way to minimise their anxiety during their visit to us.
To find out more, visit www.catfriendlyclinic.org
As well as caring for your pets, we at Bearsted Vets are also lucky enough to work with Cats Protection, the oldest and largest feline welfare charity in the UK. Founded in 1927, the charity's vision is to have every cat treated with kindness and for us to have an understanding of their needs. The main way in which this is done is:
2. Education - to understand cat care, the cats protection provides a wealth of information online, free educational talks to organisations, a helpline and much more!
See if you can learn anything new by reviewing this e-learning course at http://www.cats.org.uk/learn/e-learning-ufo or reading through the guides at http://www.cats.org.uk/cat-care/care-leaflets/essential-guides.
3. Neutering - One adult cat and her kittens can go onto have 20,000 further kittens in a 5-year period. We are part of the Cats Protection neutering scheme and advocate that this procedure is booked in from 4 months onwards. If you require financial assistance, you may be eligible to means tested vouchers. Please contact the Maidstone branch for further information on 0345 371 2758 or visit the website at http://www.cats.org.uk/maidstone
To learn more about the Cats Protection, visit their website on http://www.cats.org.uk/. To book your cat in for their spay or castration, please call us on 01622 736677.
You may have met our resident dog trainer Sam Grice. Sam has been training Max a Golden Retriever X, you may have seen at the surgery. Max will be one of only three Guide Dogs working in Romania.
Hi, my name is Max, I'm18 months old and was born in Ireland.
I came to Maidstone to live and train with Sam. Firstly I had to learn not to stop whilst on my walks! That was hard, there were so many smells to explore.
Next I had to learn to wear a harness, suits me don't you think!
I have to walk nicely, stop and sit at every kerb then wait for the road to be clear before I can cross.
The hardest part is trying to ignore smells, dogs and people. I am getting quite good at avoiding obstacles but people are tricky as they move and don't look where they are going.
I am very excited to meet my new owner, a young man who was born blind, he cant wait to own a Guide Dog.
I have been told that when I arrive in Romania I will be on the telly!
I will miss my family here in Maidstone and all the staff at Bearsted Vets but I have a job to do and I am ready to do it!
When the vet arrived I was very cold, the frost biting hard on me. The next thing I remember was being very sleepy, wrapped in a blanket to keep as warm as possible, and I was put into a car.
Reproduced in part from the Kent Messenger, August 2012
Cat owner's grief over dog attack
A couple have been left devastated after their cat had to be put down due to horrific injuries inflicted in a brutal dog attack.
Alan and Anne Bennett of Hollingbourne, rushed their one year old cat Ty, who had only been re-homed from the RSPCA a at Leybourne three months ago, to the Vets for emergency treatment after he was discovered on Monday afternoon on the village's Millennium Green, with a severed spine.
Although they did not witness the incident the Vet who was forced to put him to sleep due to the injuries, confirmed that they had been sustained by a dog grabbing and shaking him violently.
But Mr Bennett said the tragedy was compounded for him as he understood dogs were not allowed off the lead on the Millennium Green.
' What concerns Anne and myself is that if this dog has the power and aggression to kill Ty, who is quite a large and healthy young cat, what might it do to a small child? '
Police confirmed they are investigating the incident and trying to trace the dog's owner. They are liaising with the Dog waarden over the matter.
It was paralysed and had to be put to sleep
Loree Luck, owner of the Bearsted veterinary surgery, who treated Ty, said: ' it was a pretty horrific injury, it is difficult because dogs will attack cats; they will grab them. But this would have had to have been a fair force to have actually crushed the back.
It came into the surgery in tremendous shock, with tremendous wounds, and its back was totally broken. It was paralysed and had to be put to sleep.
There were puncture wounds on both sides of its back; it must have been a good medium-sized dog, which inflicted those injuries '.