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SEPTEMBER IS DENTAL MONTH!
1 September, 2013

From Dr Kirsty

Often in my work when I am discussing dental care with pet owners, I regularly hear the comment that dogs and cats in the wild do not receive dental care. This is true, but it should also be pointed out that wild dogs and cats get the same dental pathologies that our domestic dogs and cats get and they do not live anywhere near as long. If this is the standard that we want for our pets, then we would not worry so much about oral healthcare, but I believe that most of us, if not all of us, want our beloved pets to live as long as possible (I’m sure most of us wished that they could live as long as we do).

Essential pet dental care:

 Yearly dental checks for all cats and dogs, twice yearly checks for cats and small dogs over the age of 7.

 Premium quality dental food incorporated into diet (Hill’s Prescription Diet T/D or Royal Canin Dental)

 Daily brushing with a finger brush and pet toothpaste.
 

To find out more about maintaining your pet’s dental health and to see our HALF-PRICE BLOOD TESTING OFFER FOR DENTAL MONTH, please read on in the ‘Pet Dental Health’ post!

VANDALS ATTACK TOOWONG FAMILY VET!
30 May, 2013

The local community has been outraged by the thoughtless vandalism perpetrated by a pair of dangerous youths. These CCTV images show the youths raiding the clinic, before basking in their glory by occupying Norman's bed. Bardon local, Imogen, saw the attack and calmly tried to talk one of the youths out of Norman's bed. Clinic owner and Veterinarian, Dr Kirsty, reported "We are all frightened! Clearly these youths are from a local gang, with pink being their signature colour."

Fido, where did you come from?
10 May, 2013

Canine DNA Testing is now available!

DNA Testing is not a new thing. It's been around for some time - we've all watched CSI or Law and Order using it to catch the crooks (and in record time we might point out) to know this. However, it is now readily available to our canine companions and with pretty impressive results. While it won't tell you why your dog won't eat it's gourmet treats, but happily gnaw on a stick (or worse...). Or why they love swimming at the beach but run for cover when the shampoo and hairdryer make an appearance. But what it will tell you, is what has gone into making your little curly tailed, floppy eared, long-nosed, googly eyed friend who they are.

With years of extensive research, expertise of leading scientists, veterinarians, universities and breed organisations throughout the world, the Advance Mixed Breed Identification DNA Database has developed genetic signatures for over 200 breeds, types and varieties of Fido - developed from more than 10,000 purebred pooches.

More than 99% of genetic material is common to all breeds of dogs, but there are subtle differences between breeds and most of which come in the form of a SNP (a single-nucleotide polymorphism - a single base (nucleotide) change). Different breeds have different SNP patterns - some SNP's are only found in select breeds, with others found commonly amongst many breeds. It takes just one little old SNP to cause a significant difference in your pup's appearance.

Interesting (and somewhat confusing) yes? Well the good news is that it's literally as simple as taking a blood sample, sending it off to the USA and within 21 days, you have a customised and detailed report. Think:
Breed Family Tree 
Detailed description and histories of each breed detected
Recommended nutrition and exercise program, and  
Breed Ancestry Certificate

What do we get out of this, we hear you ask. Being animals doctors and not fortune-tellers, it gives us a sneak peek into a canine crystal ball in regards to potential health issues that your pet may encounter. We can discuss with you breed-specific diseases that are more likely to be of concern with your pet, help inform you of the associated screening, treatment and costs. It allows us to create customised nutrition and wellness plans, avoid medications that can cause health issues, plus take preventative care measures and recognise early signs of genetic disease.

So if you've wondered what makes up Fido, or Fluffy is having some sleepless nights with unanswered questions of 'Who am I' and 'Why is my bottom so boofy?', give us a call on (07) 3613 9644!

Bring your dog in for a visit
16 April, 2013

You don’t only need to visit the vet clinic when your dog requires medical attention. It’s actually beneficial for your dog to make positive associations with their vet clinic so that they are not nervous and resistant at those times when they require treatment. Here at Toowong Family Vet, we love friendly visits and we will give your dog treats laced with kisses and cuddles every time they drop by! At Toowong Family Vet, kisses and cuddles are always free!

Follow us on Facebook
16 April, 2013

Vet surgeries are full of crazy and wonderful stories. Working with animals is never boring! Follow us on Facebook to hear everything from interesting medical cases to plain old goofing around with the cats and dogs. Find Us on Facebook here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Toowong-Family-Vet/503588029704908

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