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It's Dental Month Again!
Clutha District, your district
Clutha Values, your values
Clutha Vets, your vets
Balclutha (03) 418-1280
Milton (03) 417-8032
All of March we are running our annual Clutha Vets
dental promotion. Dental disease is a very common and
under-recognized problem in cats and dogs. It often
sneaks up insidiously with a gradual accumulation of
tartar on teeth, leading to gum recession and weakening
of the ligaments holding teeth in the jaw and in the
worst cases, tooth loss.
Tooth injuries are another common cause of tooth loss.
Dogs and cats can lose part of their teeth in vehicle
accidents and large dogs can break their teeth chewing
on bones, sticks or rocks. If the crown of a tooth is
lost the root canal will be exposed. This is painful for
some days till the exposed nerve tissue dies and then
the pain subsides. However the open root canal in the
centre of the tooth allows bacteria to ascend to the root
tip and into the jaw bone causing an abscess with pain
returning. Chips off a tooth should not be ignored. In
humans broken teeth have their root canals cleaned and
filled to prevent abscessing and then an artificial crown
attached. This can be done in dogs by some veterinary
specialists, though extraction of broken teeth is the
most common treatment performed.
A condition unique to cats is resorption of the crowns
or roots. Affected teeth have areas similar to caries but
are actually a result of the cat's body attacking and
eroding the tooth. Why this occurs is unknown but the
painful 'caries' can only be treated by extraction.
Dental disease is not confined to older animals with
young dogs of the smaller breeds commonly having
baby teeth which fail to drop out when the permanent
teeth come through. The baby teeth push the permanent
teeth out of position and this can cause big problems
with the bite and closure of the mouth. Any baby
tooth that doesn't fall out should be extracted once the
permanent tooth has come through.
During March you can book your pet in for a free, no
obligation dental check with one of our experienced
nurses. The check will take about 15 minutes and they
will provide a report card on the state of your pet's teeth
and discuss both treatment and prevention.
As an incentive all animals that come in for a free dental
check go in a draw to receive a free bag of Hills Pet food
and another draw for an Oral B electric toothbrush for
their owners. Any dental work done will also receive a
Don't delay, call Clutha Vets today for an
Holly is 6 months old and has retained baby fangs and a premolar
that require extraction to prevent them pushing the permanent
teeth out of position.
Pepie has had his teeth scaled and polished
and the loose premolar extracted.
Pepie has tartar build up, one loose tooth and
very bad breath.
Companion Animal Vet
A 14-year-old in Milton broke
into the Tokomairiro High
School canteen and stole
various food items over a
period of time and is now
being dealt with by the police
youth aid section.
On March 1, a person working
for a shearing gang
unlawfully took the van
belonging to the gang and
left them without a way to
get to work. Tom Taylor, from
Balclutha Police, said the
offender is believed to have
headed to Christchurch.
A 15-year-old youth, who
threatened to throw a bottle
through a window after being
asked to leave a party, was
removed by police and issued
with a liquor infringement
In Milton, on the same day, a
group of youths were spoken
to on the footpath outside a
party in the town and moved
On the March 3, police
noticed another youth
leaving a party while carrying
a box of beer. He attempted
to elude police but was
caught and his alcohol
Sunday market starts
To market, to market: Kaitangata resident Kez Bizarre outside the Kaitangata and Districts War Memorial Hall, which will hold markets on the second Sunday of the
month. The first market will be held this Sunday, March 10. There will crafts and handmade items and the organisers were also looking at getting some food stalls.
Ms Bizarre said if somebody had quiet ponies available, she was also interested in having pony rides. ''Ponies are an integral part of Kaitangata's history.'' Money
raised at the markets will go towards the upkeep of the hall. To book a stall call Kez on: 413 9349 or Janice: 413 9119..
Photo: LAURA ROOZENDAAL 627683105
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