Just like you, your pet needs to maintain healthy teeth and gums. But unlike you, they cannot do this by themselves.
With dental disease extremely common in pets, by the age of three a lot of them will need dental treatment. Primarily caused by a combination of dietary and genetic factors, thankfully, there are things we can do to help.
Dental hygiene is all about prevention and home care. We have a variety of different ways to help reduce the likelihood of future problems and maintain your pet’s oral health as well as handy advice for care at home.
For a limited period, we are offering up to 25% off* dental treatments.
What could be wrong with my pet?
Knowing what dental health problems your pet may suffer with is important so you can help prevent them. They include:
- Calculus ‘tartar’ – yellow/brown staining, hardened deposits of dental plaque
- Gingivitis – inflammation of the gums (gums should be ‘salmon pink’, if red, they are inflamed)
- Periodontitis – inflammation/infection of the tissues that support the tooth in its socket.
- Resorptive lesions – painful erosive wounds (unique to cats). Also referred to as neck lesions & feline odontoclastic lesions (FORLs).
- Fractured teeth
Can it wait?
Most dental cases aren’t a dire emergency. They may have been grumbling away in the background without you noticing for a while. However, dental disease is progressive and things will gradually get worse. The longer the delay, the more likely your pet will suffer irreversible damage – this means potentially more extractions, resulting in a longer anaesthetic and also more expense.
If you can, it is better to get treatment sooner rather than later. If you are insured, be aware that not all companies will cover dental treatment – and those that do may subsequently refuse to pay if work that was recommended by the vet is not carried out promptly.
But my pet seems to be eating so they must be OK!
Not always. A lot of dental problems can start without too much pain and therefore do not cause much disruption to everyday routine, such as eating or sleeping. However, a condition like gingivitis (sore, red gums) could, without treatment, lead to periodontal disease: receding gums, tooth root exposure and infection. This is extremely painful and ultimately, irreversible if overlooked.
Resorptive lesions in cats are particularly painful. Many cats suffer in silence with teeth that have the sensitive ‘core’ of the tooth (pulp cavity) exposed. Fractured/broken teeth can also reveal this and gradually lead to painful inflammation of the tooth (‘pulpitis’).
Dogs and cats rarely yelp if they are in pain. Yelping is normally associated with acute/immediate pain e.g. neck or spinal pain, or treading on a paw. Chronic pain is much harder to spot in cats and dogs – they express extreme discomfort differently from us.
Encouragingly, many owners report back that after the dental work has been done, their pet appears significantly brighter and happier, which means that underlying pain is being resolved. Remember, animals will only stop eating if the pain becomes excruciating.
Book an appointment for a dental check today to take advantage of our special offer. Receive 15% off* all dental treatments for a limited period, or 25%* if you are a member of our healthcare plan name - ask us about joining today! - quote DENTAL21 to qualify for the discount.
Call us today on 0116 231 1635 for more information.
*Terms and conditions apply. Dental offer valid on appointments taken between 1 February and 30 April 2021 (“Specified Dates”). 15% offer valid between Specified Dates on all dental treatments. 25% offer valid between Specified Dates for members of our healthcare plan only. Offer reference DENTAL21 must be quoted at the time of booking to qualify for the discount. One offer per client/pet. No cash alternative available. Offer is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time.
Our Video Consultation Service allows our veterinary team to assist you remotely. Via a mobile or desktop device, our team can answer any questions and address any worries you may have; along with providing you with care and treatment advice from the comfort of your own home, where the service is clinically appropriate.
Video consultation appointments are available throughout our regular opening hours, ensuring we can provide an outstanding level of care and service to both our clients and patients, and providing general advice while monitoring and updating treatment for pets already under our care.
In certain circumstances, we may be able to provide veterinary attention to new cases if you are unable to get to the practice for a face to face consultation, and no other more suitable arrangement can be made.
Benefits of a video call
- Get advice without visiting the practice
- Same cost as a standard consultation
- Access to advice and care when you need it the most
- Limiting the need for unnecessary travel
- Get advice without visiting the practice
- Same cost as a standard consultation
- Call our practice and we’ll discuss the most appropriate way to manage your request
How does it work?
For a video consultation, you can use the form below to book an appointment, and it will send an email to confirm the details.
The video consultation will then take place as planned with an appropriate member of our practice team who will have access to your pet's previous medical notes.
Please note that you will require a device, preferably a mobile device with a camera and microphone to engage in a video consultation. If a follow-up visit to the practice is necessary, our vet will inform you.
If you are unsure that a video consult is the best appointment type, please call our practice, and we will discuss the most appropriate way to manage your request.
Following professional guidance from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS)Vets work under professional guidance from the RCVS and the Medicines Act; this restricts what can be carried out remotely to diagnose and treat your pet when they are unwell.
Currently, in the circumstances of the coronavirus outbreak, the RCVS has introduced temporary permissions to prescribe medicines where it is appropriate remotely, and no reasonable alternative is available, such as when an owner must remain isolated at home or treating a pet in practice is not practical. Under these circumstances, a video consultation might be appropriate.
Video Consultation Service terms and conditions
Our vets and nurses will be able to give general advice, help monitor and update treatment for pets already under our care. We may be able to provide veterinary attention to new cases where no other more suitable arrangements can reasonably be made. Depending on the individual circumstance of any request – the final decision to conduct a video consultation will be made by the practice.
Fees will be charged in line with our standard consultation fee. Payment will be taken before the video consultation appointment with receipts sent via email or post. Payment for any further treatments or medication will be taken after the consultation. You will need to call the practice to agree on how medication can be obtained (if posted, an additional delivery charge will apply – depending on the delivery service requested).
In addition, our standard terms and conditions will apply.
The farm service is very much a team effort delivering you a quality service 24 hours per day, 365 days per year.
Our team of experienced and professional farm vets will work with you to promote and maintain the best health for your animals.
The team are based out of our Whetstone practice.
You can find out more about our clinical and reception teams who look after each clinic on the relevant surgery page. You can also meet members of the different teams on our Farm Vet Team, and Farm Support team pages.
For your convenience, Park Vet Group offers an online appointment booking system.
Using the drop down boxes below, choose your surgery, appointment type, and date/time.
You’ll receive a booking confirmation by email, and we’ll send a reminder by text in advance of your appointment too.
Please review our current guidelines on visiting our practices by clicking here.
For information about our video consultation service, please click here.
We offer a full range of veterinary services, so if you’d like an appointment that isn’t listed below please call your chosen practice:
- Glenfield: 0116 2311635
- Scraptoft Lane: 0116 2418326
- Saffron Lane: 0116 2831314
- Whetstone: 0116 2849944
The team at Park Vets are a group of talented and caring individuals who are willing to go above and beyond in the care they provide to you and your pets. We treat them the way you would yourself.
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