WE ARE NOW OPEN FULL HOURS FOR ALL PATIENTS AND ARE INVITING PEOPLE INTO THE PRACTICE ONCE AGAIN. As of the 24th July 2020, we have been welcoming a limited number of clients into the practice. Video consults are still available for those who wish to reduce their contact with others or who are self isolating. For the safety of all people who enter the practice, we have installed perspex screens in certain areas. We are only allowing a maximum of 2 households (2 people per household max.) into the premises at any one time. Please be aware that only one person may be able to accompany a pet into the consultation room itself (the other person may need to wait in reception). We are also asking that all visitors and clients wear a mask at all times when in the practice. There are exceptions for those who may struggle with these measures and please do call if you have any concerns. Please see here for the information emails sent to our clients about this situation.
Last month was National Pet Dental Health month and to celebrate this important focus on our pets' mouths, we offered a free dental health check in February, for all pets that needed one. At The Finchley Vet, we are tremendous advocates and supporters of pet dentistry. We treat a lot of infected and painful pet mouths, returning them to health and comfort. However, even we learnt some things over the month:
5 interesting facts about pet dental health
1) We know that brushing a dog or cat's teeth is the best way to reduce the build up of plaque, tartar and bacteria that lead to gum and bone decay, however, we learnt that you only get the full affect of brushing if it is done at least 5 days per week (once per day is fine though!!)
2) Hard food does not clean teeth very well. Hard food shatters on the tips of the teeth of dogs and cats, cleaning only the very tip. It does not help very much where it is really needed (near and below the gum line).
3) Most water additives for keeping teeth clean have little proven effect. There are those that have been proven to work though - just ask us.
4) A build up of a lot of tartar and gum inflammation in dogs (and maybe in cats) has been associated with an increased chance of certain heart and kidney diseases.
5) Dogs have 42 teeth, compared with us humans who only have 32 teeth! Cats have even less at 30 teeth - amazing how good they are at catching mice then!!
It was great to see so many pets for dental checks. Dental health is very important so for any advice, please do not hesitate to contact us or make an appointment.