Letter to the editor

Editor’s note: We normally wouldn’t run correspondence that refers to other publications, but this topic is one that several readers have raised. The perception of veterinary pricing in the wider community obviously requires action!

Dear Luke

A recent article was published in the July issue of Choice magazine with the heading “Premium pets – does Fido really need his teeth cleaned?”
The five-page article also had subheadings such as “Is your vet selling you more than you need for your best friend?”, “Price check”, “Going corporate” and, interestingly, “Sheepdog shakedown”.
I urge you to download the article [www.choice.com.au/vetcosts]. My reply to Choice was approved by the AVA and the Australian Veterinary Dental Association and addresses many of the points raised by the article.

I feel this article demonstrates that veterinarians are not adequately communicating to their clients the need for services they perform.

Yours sincerely,

Philip Bloom
Lane Cove, NSW Continue reading Letter to the editor

Checking Mogo’s chompers – thanks to SASH

Four of Mogo Zoo’s tigers have undergone dental surgery via the generous support of Sydney’s Small Animal Specialist Hospital (SASH)

 Mogo veterinarian Sam Young said canine fractures are the most common dental ailment in big cats in captivity, mostly because they can become aggressive at feed time and bite at the wire.

In older Sumatran tigers it is not unusual to see periodontal problems including tartar build-up, gingivitis, gingival recession, enamel chip fractures and crown fractures; particularly on incisors and premolars.

Young said Mogo tries to thwart dental problems through diet and preventative medicine.

“We try to feed all of the carnivores them as many whole pieces as possible, for example the tigers regularly receive half legs with hide and big bits of bone; something that provides a balanced diet and also requires the animals to chew vigorously to pull food apart,” she said. Continue reading Checking Mogo’s chompers – thanks to SASH

Oral examination results in rescued ferrets: clinical findings

Ferrets have increased in popularity as pets, and a growing number are seen in companion animal practice. Domestic ferrets are commonly used as animal models for research of human oral conditions. The present study evaluated the prevalence of oral pathology in rescued ferrets which – to the authors’ knowledge – has not yet been described in . . . → Read More: Oral examination results in rescued ferrets: clinical findings