Why 10% off neutering?
World Spay Day is an annual campaign of The Humane Society International and the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association. World Spay Day shines a spotlight on the power of affordable, accessible spays and neuters to save the lives of companion animals, community (feral and stray) cats, and street dogs who might otherwise be put down in shelters or killed on the street. The 23rd annual World Spay Day is February 28, 2017. Spread the message!
Neutering is a surgical procedure carried out under general anaesthetic; Males are castrated (removal of the testicles) and females are spayed (removal of the ovaries and uterus).
Why neuter? Pregnancy and unwanted litters are not the only reason to neuter, early neutering can greatly reduce mammary or testicular tumours, phantom or false pregnancies, and it will also prevent a very serious womb infection called pyometra. Castrating cats can help with unwanted behaviour problems such the tendency to roam, and prevent aggressive and territorial behaviour.
If you are interested in having your animal neutered Avenue Veterinary Centre are supporting World Spay Day and encouraging pet owners to get their animals neutered with a special offer of 10% discount on neutering procedures performed in February. Avenue Health Club members get this discount doubled! Call the practice to discuss.
Is your pet feeling a little down in the mouth?
Our pets can have just as much dental trouble as the rest of us; in fact it is one of the most commonly diagnosed conditions at Avenue Veterinary Centre Ltd, with dental disease being reported to affect a whopping 70-80% of dogs and cats by the age of three years old! As in humans, plaque and tartar can build up in the mouth, making the teeth and gums an ideal place for bacteria to feed. This can lead to infections, abscesses, loose teeth, cavities and severe pain. In some situations, the bacteria can get into the blood stream and migrate to other internal organs (e.g. the kidneys and heart) causing severe or even fatal consequences. The condition is serious but don’t worry, because it is preventable and treatable with a little bit of time and attention from you and regular dental checks at your vets.
How to spot dental disease:
Halitosis (bad breath) may be the first thing you notice. Many animals continue to eat normally, even with sore teeth. However, you might notice them favouring one side of the mouth, or occasionally ‘chattering’ as they eat due to discomfort. Some pets may be fussy with food, lose interest in chews or toys or dribble a lot. Many animals have smelly breath and this could indicate dental disease or infection. The best way to spot the signs of dental disease early is to regularly examine your pet’s mouth. This can be done at home by gently lifting up the lips to look at the teeth, or we can show you how to do this at the practice. If you notice any tartar, discharge, pain, smelly breath, broken teeth or redness of the gums, you should contact Avenue Vets for an appointment so that we can examine the mouth and discuss treatment with you.
Cats and dogs with sore teeth or gums may need a dental procedure to remove tartar from the teeth and our surgeons at Avenue Vets can perform routine scaling and polishing to those with tartar build-up and to prevent the build- up of plaque. The procedure does require a general anaesthetic to allow the mouth to be examined in detail and in some cases sore, loose or infected teeth may need to be extracted.
We are offering all clients a 10% discount off dental treatments and products in the month of February and Avenue Health Club members have this discount doubled. Please contact the practice on 0117 956 9038 for more information.