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Pick up your Pet’s Purple Poppy

Milton Keynes Veterinary Group
Murphy’s Army are a charity that help reunite lost pets with their owners and help raise awareness of the importance of microchipping.

This charity create The Purple Poppy Campaign in 2019 to pay tribute to animals lost in service and to though that are still servicing.

Don’t forget you can get you yours from our Walnut Tree hospital or online – click here

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Don’t overlook your pet’s broken tooth

Milton Keynes Veterinary Group
Fractured teeth are a common injury in cats and dogs, with the majority involving fractured canines of the upper jaw. Damage is commonly caused by falls, running into objects, clashing teeth and road traffic accidents. In dogs, other objects that can damage teeth include raw hide, bones, sticks/branches, rocks, ice and other hard objects.

The radiograph to the right shows a case of pulpitis in a cat. The pulp cavity is the hollow area inside a tooth filled with sensitive pulp tissue (blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue). This commonly occurs when the tip of the tooth is fractured, allowing bacteria to enter the pulp cavity. Swelling of the pulp tissue prevents blood entering the root canal and the result is ‘death’ of the tooth. On the radiograph we can see widening of the pulp cavity compared to the normal tooth on the right, with evidence of an abscess at the apex of the root. On this occasion the affected tooth was extracted.

It is important to note that this problem was found during a routine dental, and the patient did not show any obvious mouth pain at the time, but the owner reported marked improvement in his demeanour and appetite following surgery. Due to high pain threshold and other instinctive behaviours, our patients rarely shows signs of pain and will often hide pain very well.

It is therefore important to never ignore a broken tooth in your pet.
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MK Vet Group Guide to getting your pet used to a face mask

Milton Keynes Veterinary Group
To animals, an owner wearing a face mask, can make them nervous. To help your pet feel more comfortable seeing you in a facemask follow our 4 easy steps:
  1. Start by showing your pet your face mask by simply holding it for them to sniff and investigate. Perform this step in a calm manner and rewarding them with a treat when they approach and sniff the face mask, this ensures positive enforcement towards the item.
  2. Next step is to wear the face mask in front of your pet, so put the mask on and keep it on for a short amount of time, starting from a few seconds and remove it again, gradually increasing the time frequently each time. Make sure you do not make any action that may scare your pet when you have the mask on. If they respond well to the mask being on, provide praise and a treat to your pet.
  3. Within your home, try walking into the room where your pet is, wearing a mask and again reward with a treat if they respond well. Repeat doing this in a sporadic approach and consider also returning home with your face mask on if you have popped out. Always make sure to reward positive behaviour.
  4. When your pet is comfortable with seeing you wearing a mask, you can try encounters with someone else wearing a mask out on a walk or a visitor to your home. Making sure to provide a treat for any positivity.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding your pet at this current time, please contact us on 01908 397777.
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How to keep your dog’s teeth healthy

Milton Keynes Veterinary Group
Dental health is not only important in humans but for your pets too! Here are some tips to keeping your dog’s teeth healthy:
  1. Provide your dog with a daily dental routine. It is best for start from a puppy. Tooth brushing is the single most effective method however other methods can also be combined. Pick a suitable time in your routine and keep as your usual time.
  2. If your pet is older, you should still begin daily dental care, however it is best to have a dental check prior to beginning to make sure there are no issues.
  3. Make sure your pet has an oral examination every year at their annual check-up.
  4. Provide chews and toys that are recommended and are safe for your pet. Avoid abrasive objects such as bones, hard nylon chew toys or tennis balls as these often cause damage to teeth and gums.
  5. Feed a diet formulated to reduce dental plaque and keep teeth healthy.
  6. Dental chews can be used to reduce plaque and tartar build up however these should be accounted for within their day’s diet to prevent obesity.
  7. Keep the session short from a few seconds to a couple of minutes.
  8. Repeat each stage daily then move onto the next stage when you dog is comfortable.
  9. Train at a pace that suits for dog.
  10. Give lots of praise and reward for GOOD behaviour.
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Do you know how many teeth your dog has?

Milton Keynes Veterinary Group
Just like us, dogs have non-permanent (deciduous) teeth to begin with which erupt around the age of 3-4 weeks.

Dogs have 28 deciduous teeth consisting of:
  • 12 Incisors
  • 4 Canines
  • 12 Premolars
Permanent teeth begin to erupt from the age of 12 weeks.

Dogs have 42 permanent teeth consisting of:
  • 12 Incisors
  • 4 Canines
  • 16 Premolars
  • 10 Molar
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