Dental Health Education, Scaling, Polishing and Extraction
1) Do routine checking of the teeth, gums and oral cavity.
2) Encourage appropriate water intake especially after meals.
3) Brush and clean the pet's teeth frequently.
An unhealthy oral cavity will smell foul, with oral ulcerations and bleeding, receding gums, exposed tooth root and green/ greyish or yellow plaque build up. The abnormal bacteria growing in the unhealthy oral cavity will invade other parts of the pet's body by entering via the oral lesions into the blood system.
If you are suspicious that something isn't right, make an appointment with your veterinarian for a dental checkup.
A proper veterinary dental procedure involves removal of plaque from the teeth using an ultrasonic instrument while under full anaesthesia. The teeth should then be given a polish to even out the cleaned surfaces. Depending on the degree of dental damage and compliance of the pet towards other dental cleaning procedure, some pets may required 6 monthly or annual dental scaling.
Canine and Feline Vaccinations
The World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) recommends that all puppies and kittens should have their initial vaccines against the core diseases.
It states that the last puppy or kitten vaccine against the core diseases should be given not earlier than 14-16 weeks (3-4 months) of age because, before this time, the maternal immunity passed to her puppies or kittens can prevent proper immunization.
All adult dogs and cats should receive a booster for core vaccines 12 months after the last puppy or kitten vaccination. This will ensure immunization of the dogs and cats that may not have adequately responded to the puppy or kitten vaccinations.
WSAVA states that vaccination against the core diseases should not be more frequent than every three years, and non-core vaccines only as required by animals that have high exposure to other animals. If the animal is already immunized, frequent vaccination will not give extra protection.
ISO Certified Microchip Implantation and Certification
The microchip (about the size of a large grain of rice) is implanted under the animal’s skin using a thick needle, commonly between the shoulder blades. The chip uses passive RFID
(Radio Frequency Identification) technology to store a unique number that can be read by a scanner.
It is a routine procedure that takes a few minutes. It is recommended that all invasive procedures be done by a veterinarian. The pets' reaction towards the procedure is highly dependent on the their tolerant towards pain. Many owners chose to microchip their pets during other anaesthetized procedures such as sterilization or dental scaling.
The unique number stored in the implanted microchip will only help you find your pet if your register your particulars, address, phone number and your pet's microchip number with the database company such as PetCall (Singapore) and relevant authorities i.e AVA. The microchip is not a tracker or a GPS device.
Although having a microchip implanted in your pet ensures that the identification chip will never be lost, microchip is only one form of pet identification system. We recommend that all pets should have other forms of identification.