ALERT: 
  The Pet Blood Bank are coming on Thursday 17th January

Dentistry

A very high proportion of our pets have severe dental disease, but owners often don’t realise their pets have bad teeth or gums, as their pets can behave as if nothing is wrong even if their mouth is very uncomfortable. A  survey by Pettura of 2000 UK dog owners found that 88% said they understood the importance of brushing their dog's teeth, yet 53% had never done so! Studies have shown that 80% of dogs suffer from gum disease before they are 3 years old. 

Our dentistry room has many of the features you would find in a human dental practice. We use a similar scaler and polish unit, and we can take xrays of teeth to help assess them fully – just like when you go to the dentist. 

Dentals in our pets almost always involve a full anaesthetic, as we can’t take teeth out or descale teeth in conscious patients. Modern anaesthetics such as the ones we use here at Alfreton Park are very low risk, and the benefits to our patients of a pain-free mouth can be enormous. The anaesthetics are monitored with the same care and attention to detail as for animals in theatre.

Our team of vets and nurses can offer lots of help and advice to help your pet avoid a trip to the dentistry room! 


 



Campbell, before his dental (lots of loose and tartared front teeth)..... then after

He's had a lot of teeth taken out, his gums have healed really well and his mouth is a lot more comfortable (and smells much better!!)


  


This 2-year-old Yorkshire terrier has some baby teeth that should have fallen out when she was around 6 months old, the blue arrow is pointing to the baby tooth, the yellow arrow is showing the adult tooth. We removed the baby tooth under anaesthetic. 









Pet Blood Bank

Pet Blood Bank

The Pet Blood Bank will be here on Thursday 17th January. If you would like your dog to donate, please contact them on 01509 232 222. They especially need blood group negative donors: Dobermanns, Greyhounds, Boxers, German Shepherds, Flat-Coated Retrievers, Airedale Terriers, Weimaraners, Lurchers, American Bulldogs, Pointer (English) and English Bull Terriers. Dogs must be over 25kg and between 1-8 years old.

Time for a Treat?

Time for a Treat?

Do you give treats to your pet? 86% of use do - check our handy guide to see which treats to avoid, and which you can give with a clear conscience!

Reverse Sneezing

Reverse Sneezing

Does your dog make a weird snorting choking sound sometimes? It could be Reverse Sneezing. Click on the photo for more information

Pet Plan Awards

Pet Plan Awards

Pet Plan Award nominations are now open! Have our vets, nurses or receptionists gone above and beyond to help you or your pet? If so, you can nominate them for a Pet Plan Award. Click on the image above for more details. The closing date is 25th January