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Fairfield Pet Stories

Fairfield Veterinary surgeons Terry Dunne and Geraldine Young write "Interesting Pet Stories" articles for the Hinckley Herald, published by the Hinckley Times.

View our Pet Stories below from dogs, cats and all kinds of other pets and wildlife. The stories are all genuine cases from the Fairfield archives.
Warning: Some images may be upsetting for some viewers.

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"Malcolm" - Cat with a Problem with Dental Floss

Every day, in pets as well as people, we end up with an invisible thin film on our teeth called plaque. Over 24-48 hours after forming, plaque hardens and becomes tartar. Bacteria and their toxins which attach themselves to the tartar cause inflammation at the edge of the gum which causes periodontal disease.

This process occurs 5 times faster in dogs and cats than in humans and is present in over 70% of the dog and cat population. Of these patients only 4% are being taken to their vet for dentistry checks. Consequently, at Fairfield we promote dental health care as much as possible to minimise the effects of this ubiquitous problem.

A number of different products as well as teeth brushing are recommended. One technique however, after our experience with Malcolm is strongly discouraged! Malcolm was presented at Fairfield several weeks ago with severe constipation. He was more lethargic than normal and had also been vomiting. Growing concern that his bowel may have become turned inside out (intussusception) led to an exploratory operation.

Several enemas, laxatives and a considerable amount of straining finally produced the primary cause of all his digestive stagnation. . . a long piece of dental floss! Malcolm had taken it upon himself to practice good dental hygiene without proper guidance!

He had stolen a piece of discarded dental floss from the bin and swallowed it! Subsequently, all clinical signs were related to his digestive tract struggling to move this "string" from one end to another. Almost immediately his symptoms disappeared once the floss was removed although there is still some tenderness around his bottom from all the straining.

Good dental hygiene for your pet is to be strongly encouraged but the bottom line is. . . don't floss!

Terry Dunne

BVMS, Cert SAO, MRCVS

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Fairfield Veterinary Centre

51 Leicester Road,
Hinckley,
Leicestershire
LE10 1LW

Tel: 01455 637 642
Fax: 01455 631 898

enquiries@fairfieldvets.co.uk

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