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Dentistry

Dentistry

Oral health is a very important aspect of your pet's overall condition. Few owners realise that oral disease can give clues to underlying systemic diseases as well as be the cause of other systemic illnesses. Your pet's teeth are checked as part of his/her clinical exam at annual vaccinations and health checks. The vets and vet nurses will be able to give you specific advice for caring for your pets' teeth.   

As with humans, certain dental problems are more likely to occur at particular life-stages. For example: puppies and kittens may have retained deciduous ('baby') teeth, adult animals may fracture their teeth and seniors may have gum and periodontal disease. Furthermore, certain breeds may be more predisposed to particular dental problems than others.

 DENTAL PROCEDURES:

Dental cleaning treatments are done under general anaesthetic. We use the same procedures and safety measures as for all other general anaesthetics. An ultrasonic dental scaler (much like those used by human dentists) is used for cleaning tartar and plaque off the crowns of the teeth as well as below the gumline to ensure the teeth are thoroughly clean. The teeth are then polished with polishing paste and a special polisher (the same as those used by human dentists) to ensure the surfaces of the teeth are smooth, thereby reducing the numbers of bacteria and food particles attaching to those surfaces.

 

Before (left) and after (right) a scale and polish treatment of a dogs teeth

 

If teeth are fractured, have tooth root abscesses or are too loose in their sockets, they may need to be extracted. These procedures are also done under general aneasthetic with a local anaesthetic when necessary, to reduce post-operative pain. If a tooth is to be removed we use a dental drill and other special equipment to remove it (see right for a picture of our dental machine). If other treatments are available and you decide that you would like specialist treatment options such as root canal treatments, crowns or fillings, we can provide you with a referral.

Maintaining good oral health is not always as difficult as it may seem at first. Discuss your pet's oral care and the challenges you may face with one of the vets or nurses to work out a programme for giving your pet the best chance at a healthy mouth.

Toothbrush and toothpaste suitable for use in dogs and cats (left). 

Posted in: Our Services at 23 October 18

Surgery

Surgery

We have a wide range of surgical facilities and equipment at Northgate Vet. This enables  us to perform sterile surgeries including soft tissue surgery and orthopaedic operations, as well as non-sterile surgeries such as bite wound treatments and abscess drainage.

Before surgery, we perform a general clinical exam to ensure your pet is fit to undergo an anaesthetic. Sometimes pre-anaesthetic tests are recommended to check organ function and detect problems that would not be clear on a clinical exam. These tests will be discussed with you before the procedure and the test results are routinely analysed before the anaesthetic is given.

The most appropriate anaesthetic drugs and protocols are chosen according to your pet's individual condition and the procedure to be undertaken. This reduces anaesthetic risk and provides the best pain relief and management possible. While the vet is busy with the operation, a dedicated veterinary nurse is constantly monitoring the anaesthetic and assists the vet when necessary. Our anaesthetic machine, apalert, pulse oximeter and blood pressure monitor allow better monitoring and maintenance of your pet's anaesthetic.

The surgical equipment, instruments and suture  materials used are of the same standards as those used in human hospitals. Some surgeries require specialist expertise and we have regular visits from specialist surgeons when these surgeries need to be performed. Alternatively, referral to a specialist surgeon can be arranged.

Posted in: Our Services at 23 October 18

In house imaging

In-house Imaging

Our practice has a range of specialised equipment that enable us to diagnose a wider variety of medical and surgical conditions sooner. This allows the shortest possible delays in providing the best treatments and options.

Ultrasound

The ultrasound machine that we use is of the equivalent standard used in human hospitals. This machine allows us to get a physical picture of the various organs in the abdominal and thoracic cavities. The high quality images allow for easier interpretation and diagnosis of findings. This ensures that a diagnosis is reached more quickly and treatment started sooner.

 

 

X-ray

Our modern, digital X-ray machine allows us to achieve high quality radiographs for diagnosing various conditions; for example a fractured femur or an intestinal obstruction. As soon as the diagnosis is made, appropriate treament can be instituted.

 

 

Endoscopy

We also have a flexible endoscope that enables us to see the inside of the oesophagus, stomach and parts of the intestines by passing a small camera with fiberoptic cable. This procedure is done under general aneasthetic and allows good visualisation without performing surgery.

ECG Machine

Our ECG machine assists us in diagnosing certain heart conditions thus assisting a more specific diagnosis in abnormal heart function, such as arrhythmias, and instituting timeous, appropriate treatment.

Posted in: Our Services at 23 October 18

Laboratory

In-house Laboratory Diagnostics

We have a wide range of in-house laboratory diagnostic equipment. This includes modern biochemistry machines that are able to measure various organ enzyme levels, blood glucose, blood proteins, electrolytes and blood gases amongst others. These machines allow us to diagnose several diseases almost immediately, rather than having to wait many hours if not days for results from an external laboratory.

Methods and equipment that we use enable us to diagnose disease, detect worm infestations, examine microscopic samples from abnormal skin or lumps, and special lights and stains that enable us to diagnose specific skin and eye problems.

We have a number of specialised in-house tests that enable us to diagnose specific diseases such as Feline Immunodeficiency Virus ("Feline Aids"), Parvovirus, Heartworm, Canine Pancreatitis and Psittacine Beak and Feather Disease.

Posted in: Our Services at 23 October 18

Exotic Pets and birds

Exotic Pets and Birds

A range of exotic pets and pet birds are able to be seen at Northgate Vet Surgery. 'Exotic pets' commonly include small pocket pets such as rats and guinea pigs; but reptiles such as lizards and non-venomous snakes, and amphibians such as frogs and axolotls may also be seen.

Please bring along information regarding diet, housing, medications, exercise and any other information you may think is relevant. 

Please be aware that permits are required for keeping some of the 'exotic' pets. You can contact the local authorities to check whether you need a permit for a particular species.

Posted in: Our Services at 23 October 18