Pet Health Advice

Titer Test and Vaccinations

Titer Tests and Vaccinations – Tailored Vaccination Schedules Here at Bentons Road Veterinary clinic we assess your pet’s lifestyle and tailor their vaccination schedules to their individual needs. We offer vaccinations for cats, dogs and rabbits, as well as antibody titer testing to see if your pet needs revaccinating. Dog Titer Test and Vaccinations Scientific studies have shown that once dogs have developed immunity to the “C3” diseases (Distemper, Parvovirus and Hepatitis or DHP) following vaccination, their immunity can last many years, from 7 to 15 years in some dogs. These dogs do not need to be revaccinated to maintain this immunity. The antibody titer test that we perform in-house at Bentons Road Vet Clinic (Vaccicheck) measures the dog’s antibody levels to these diseases.  This test indicates if they are still protected or not. We can monitor these antibody levels over the lifetime of the dog and only revaccinate when (or if) they drop. Cat Titer Test and Vaccinations We have a similar titer test for cats that measures antibodies towards the “F3” diseases (Panleucopaenia, Herpesvirus and Calicivirus). Cats that frequent boarding facilities though will still need to be boosted with the Cat Flu components (Herpesvirus and Calivirus).  Thankfully we can also give these separately to the Panleucopaenia vaccination. Why You Should Titer Test This ensures that we give your pet the minimum amount of vaccines required to ensure they are fully protected against the infectious diseases that can affect them. Titer testing is simple, inexpensive and results are known within an hour or two of the consultation. This means we are vaccinating our pets in line with the Worldwide Guidelines on vaccination. We also recommend that puppies and kittens are titer tested at 6 months of age. This ensures your young pet has fully responded to their puppy or kitten vaccination course.  It also identifies any pets that may have had prolonged maternal antibody preventing the vaccine from working. We often do this at the same time as desexing. Currently the cost of titer testing is similar to actually giving a vaccination. The Biogal Vaccicheck is a simple in-house blood […]

A Good Diet

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A good diet and effective parasite control will keep your pet’s coat looking its best. Like humans a good quality, balanced diet will keep your pet in peak physical health.  You know your cat or dog is in good health when their coat is glossy and the skin underneath is well nourished and moisturised, not dry, flaking, red or irritated. Your pet has energy to burn and just looks happy. Bentons Road Vet Clinic’s philosophy on feeding may be a little different from what you are used to hearing but making some nutritional changes in your pet’s diet can dramatically improve the health of their skin and coat.   1.     A good quality, well-balanced diet rich in fresh and natural ingredients will ensure your pet is receiving all of the nutrients they require to keep their skin and coat healthy resulting in a shiny coat. Pets receiving excellent nutrition often have higher natural immunity to external parasites, needing less chemical treatment for fleas, lice and mites. A high level of omega 3 essential fatty acids are crucial in the diet to maintain skin health and help manage allergic skin disease and these are often lacking in highly processed commercial diets. For more information on nutrition and feeding, click here 2.     Parasite prevention is essential to keep your pet irritation free and to keep the skin and coat looking its best and we have already shown that a good quality diet can help reduce the incidence of parasites in our pets. We recommend chemical treatments (spot-on or tablet form) immediately for fleas only when a problem exists or if a pet is at high risk of contracting fleas (think dogs that frequently socialise with many other dogs). Many indoor or low risk pets do not require regular parasite treatment for a problem they do not have. 3.     Regular brushing to remove knots, shedding fur and old skin cells will keep the coat looking its best. Regular brushing also helps to spread the natural oils through the coat and along the shaft of the hair, improving shine. 4.     Infrequent washing. Contrary to common belief, [...]

Natural Nutrition

Advice on feeding your pet At Bentons Road Vet Clinic we know the plethora of nutritional advice that exists is confusing and hard to sift through. We help you get it right. We recommend natural nutrition for your pets rather than the highly processed diets that abound. We will help you balance your home prepared diet, raw or cooked. We will advise on the commercial options that are healthy for your pet. We can also help you pick the right nutritional supplements that will truly help your pet be the healthiest they can be. All species on the planet thrive best when they eat the foods that nature intended them to eat. When the digestive system is receiving items that its evolved to eat that animal, person or bird will be able to achieve optimal health. This is the philosophy behind our dietary recommendations at Bentons Road Veterinary Clinic. We encourage all pet owners to embrace food as the natural source of a healthy lifestyle. We also help clients to incorporate at least some, if not all, natural ingredients in their pet’s diet. But what does a natural diet look like for our pets today? There are a multitude of bags of dry food in the pet stores claiming to be “natural”, “organic”, “grain-free” and “holistic”; but what do these labels mean and how “natural” are they? At Bentons Road Vet Clinic we believe that a dry food or kibble based diet is the furthest from the natural diet of our small carnivores, as you can get. These foods are low in meat proteins.  High in refined grain carbohydrates. Devoid of any moisture. And biologically removed from the natural meat and fat based diet of our pets. The more processing that a food goes through, the less healthy it is for that species. We know this. There is a huge amount of advertising for our human health that encourages us to stay away from processed foods and to eat as much fresh, wholefoods as we can to stay healthy. The same is true of our pets’ diets. For cats and dogs, [...]

Pet Dental Disease

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Pet dental disease is the single most prevalent disease affecting pet dogs, cats and even rabbits. The causes for this are many but generally the three main reasons are: We tend to feed our pets a softer and higher calorie content diet than they evolved to eat, meaning that they need to chew less to obtain the nutrients they need. Pets are living longer lives. Many breeds have been selected for physical characteristics that have led dental conformation away from the functional design of ancestor breeds. Dental disease is usually present in some form by the time your pet is 4 years old. The earliest warning sign is usually halitosis (bad breath), also known as ‘dog breath’ and often considered normal. The bacteria living in your pet’s mouth causing this halitosis can lead to cause other health problems, particularly in older pets, including heart and kidney disease.     Dental disease begins with the accumulation of plaque along the gum-line, which becomes inoculated with bacteria (causing the bad breath). Plaque if left alone converts into tartar which is a concrete-like accumulation again starting at the gum-line but often progressing to covering the whole tooth or even building up to the extent the tooth is lost deep inside the large amount of calculus. Tartar is also full of bacteria and so infection and further odour occurs along the gum line, creeping under and irritating the gum (gingivitis) and then further into the periodontal space (the small gap between the tooth and the bone that holds it in place). Once infection gets into the periodontal tissues, the bone is reabsorbed, the tooth roots become infected and loose and the tooth will eventually fall out. Any of the stages beyond simple plaque cause significant pain and inflammation for the dog or cat and also constant ingestion of the bacteria from the mouth. Bacteria can also get into the blood stream across the damaged tissues, lodging in distant areas of the body causing further infection and disease. Managing this serious and all too common disease: Have regular dental check-ups with your vet. Your vet [...]