THIS MONTH IS DENTAL AWARENESS MONTH AT RURAL VETERINARY SERVICES
AUGUST IS DENTAL MONTH
To try and promote healthy dental care we are offering 10% off small animal dentals for the month of August.
Does your pet have bad breath?
Do they seem uncomfortable when eating?
Or have red gums and obvious plaque build up?
These are all signs of dental disease.
Dental disease may seem trivial however it has been linked with many other disease processes apart from those localised to the mouth. Dental disease has been associated with heart, liver and kidney problems, not to mention that it can cause a huge amount of pain and discomfort to your pet.
For the month of August we are offering free nurse dental checks for all dogs and cats. At the time of the dental check we will outline the current status of your pets’ teeth and recommend preventative strategies that you can use to slow the progression of dental disease.
In some cases we may recommend that a scale and polish is performed under general anaesthetic. The idea of this procedure is to return your pets’ teeth to a healthy state, then enabling you to implement your long term dental health plan.
Please feel free to ask our friendly staff about a free dental check or any other information you would like.
Let’s get our pets smiling again!
THIS MONTH IS HEARTWORM MONTH!
For the Month of November we are offering a combined heartworm/blood health screening at a discounted rate. The test involves a single blood test which assesses your dog’s general organ health and also tests for heartworm disease. This test offers a great opportunity to assess your animal’s underlying health (routine blood testing is recommended in order to identify congenital organ issues at an early age and to monitor ongoing organ health as your pet ages). It also is a great baseline to have before performing routine anaesthetic and surgical protocols.
Heartworm testing is recommended, not only to detect disease but also is required prior to initiating preventative therapies once the dog is over the age of 6 months.
For the month of November we are offering combined blood screening and heartworm testing for the price of a standard blood screen. This means that essentially the heartworm test is done at no extra cost.
WHY TEST FOR HEARTWORM?
Heartworm is a blood bourne parasite that is transmitted by the mosquito.
The heartworm lifecycle involves the interaction between a canine host and mosquito vector. The mosquito transmits the heartworm from animal to animal through ingesting blood and microfilariae.
The entire lifecycle takes approximately 6-9 months.
Wild dogs, foxes can be potential reservoirs of infection.
The adult heartworm lives within the heart and eventually result in clinical heart failure.
Clinical signs of heartworm infection include:
- Exercise intolerance
- Ascites (fluid filled abdomen)
- Epistaxis (nose bleed)
Treatment of heartworm is not only difficult but risky, expensive and time consuming. Therefore prevention is extremely important to try and reduce the development of disease.
Prevention is either through the use of monthly tablets/spot on therapies or annual injections with Prohart.
.IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT WHILST THERE HAS BEEN NO REPORTED CASES IN OUR AREA THE VECTOR (MOSQUITO) IS PRESENT.
This map above shows the current distribution of reported cases in South Australia/Victoria.
The star marks the location of Naracoorte which is seen to be in the middle of the two high risk areas
HEARTWORM PREVALANCE IS INCREASING IN AUSTRALIA! Prevention is better then cure, but early detection can possibly save your pets life.