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Dental product of the week: Food/Water Additives

Last week our featured dental products were toothpaste and toothbrushes! You can read all about them here.

This week, we’re talking about food and water additives.

Though brushing is the best thing for maintaining your pet’s dental health, don’t despair if you can’t do it. There are other things that can be done!

DentalProductsYou can help fight plaque with every sip by adding drinking water additives to your pet’s water bowl. Formulated by veterinary dental specialists, it helps clean teeth by preventing plaque accumulation, reducing germs and bacteria in the mouth and freshening the breath. It is as simple as adding 2 teaspoons to a quart of water.

If you’re interested, we can order in these products for you:

If you’re not sure whether or not your furry, little loved one will take to additives in their water, and you don’t want to commit to a whole bottle of it, you can now pick up a C.E.T. Aquadent sample for only 93 cents (including tax).

There are also food additives available such as Plaque Off®, which is a completely natural product made from seaweed that can significantly help reduce dental plaque and tartar and improve breath in cats and dogs. When the ingredients are absorbed into the blood via the digestion and enters the saliva, they effectively prevent accumulation of plaque by affecting the ability of plaque to ‘stick’ to surfaces in the mouth. Existing tartar becomes porous, loosens by itself or can be easily removed by brushing or cleaning.

Next week we will be featuring dental chews/treats, so be sure to check it out on our website.  Stop in today and see what you can add to your pets’ dental health routine!

Closed on Family Day

Just a reminder, we will be closed next Monday on February 18th, 2013 for Family Day. Regular office hours resume on Tuesday.

Tue: 9AM – 6PM
Wed: 9AM – 6PM
Thurs: 9AM – 5PM
Fri: 9AM – 6PM
Sat: 9AM – Noon

If you have an emergency, you can still call us at our regular phone number. We will have an emergency on-call service in place. Just leave a message in our voice mail and we will call you back as soon as possible.

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Dental product of the week: Toothpaste!

Each week for the month of February, we will be featuring a dental product to help with your dental regime at home.

Brushing is the basis of all dental care regimes! Daily brushing is the best way to protect your pet’s dental health and through regular tooth brushing, you can catch developing oral
problems sooner.

Plaque is a film of mucus and bacteria that accumulate on the teeth. Continual accumulation of minerals from saliva on plaque on the teeth causes the plaque to mineralize and form calculus or tartar. The most effective means for controlling plaque is by brushing the teeth.

“Tooth brushing results in the disruption of plaque that adheres to the tooth, especially along the gum line,” explains Gary J. Spodnick, DVM, Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, and Chief of Surgery, Veterinary Specialty Hospital of the Carolinas, in Cary, North Carolina. “A variety of pet dentifrices (toothpastes) are available but the most important thing is not what brand is used to brush the teeth, but that the teeth are brushed. It is the mechanical action of brushing that is most effective at removing the plaque.”

Many pet toothpastes available here at the Belmont Veterinary Services contain enzymes which help inhibit the formation of plaque and are available in several flavours that your pets are sure to love. You can stop is today and pick up a sample of C.E.T. Enzymatic Toothpaste (poultry) to try for only $1.07 +tax. Also, oral gels are available that can be applied to the gum line, with zinc gluconate and chlorhexidine digluconate, which both act to freshen breath and have anti-microbial action which kills plaque-producing bacteria.

Toothbrushes are also important in brushing your pets’ teeth. There are a variety of different tooth brushes available from regular children’s’ toothbrushes to pet toothbrushes to finger brushes. It may just take time for you to figure out what works best for you. For some, even just a piece of gauze may be just as helpful. Q-tips may also be used to apply toothpaste onto the tooth and may be better tolerated in cats.

The “do”s and “don’t”s of brushing:

  • DO brush your pet’s teeth at least three times a week. (Daily is even better!)
  • DO make teeth brushing an enjoyable experience for you and your pet.
  • DON’T use “human” toothpaste to brush your pet’s teeth. Unlike humans, pets swallow the toothpaste, which may lead to stomach upset.
  • DO replace your pet’s toothbrush at least every three months, or when the bristles become frayed.
  • DON’T ignore “doggy breath” and assume that it’s normal.

Pet Dental Health Month!

Today is the 1st of February which marks the start of Pet Dental Health Month! 80% of dogs and 70% of cats show signs of periodontal disease by the time they’re 3 years old. There are plenty of things you can do as a pet owner such as brushing their teeth, feeding them a dental diet, dental chews/treats and/or drops/mouthwashes.

Signs of dental disease include:

  • Bad breath
  • Yellow-brown crust on teeth
  • Red, swollen or bleeding gums
  • Change in chewing or eating habits
  • Pawing at the mouth or face
  • Loose, broken or abscessed teeth
  • Abnormal drooling

If left untreated, oral disease can lead to serious consequences for your pet, including pain, bad breath and tooth loss. Chronic infections can even spread to the major organs, where they can seriously compromise your pet’s health.

For the month of February, if your pet has a dental done at the Belmont Veterinary Services, you can get 15% off* and your pet will go home with a free dental kit including a sample of poultry-flavoured toothpaste, toothbrush, a sample of Hill’s Prescription T/D diet and lots of interesting reading material on how you can ensure your pet’s dental health. So call today!

*The cost of medication, pre-anesthetic blood work, microchipping, IV fluids and extractions is extra.

Donations for a Commemorative Brick

GilVanDerSpankWe are currently accepting donations to have a commemorative brick placed in the Belmont Community Park in memory of Dr. Gilbert John Van Der Spank and the contributions he made to this community.

If you would like to help, you can stop off at the clinic and leave a donation. Anything you can spare would be greatly appreciated!

Found stray!

This dog showed up at a client’s house on Wednesday, January 16th at noon. They plan to hold onto him until his parents come get him.

If you recognize this dog, please contact them at (519) 520-0096 or (519) 633-2050 ext. 230. Hopefully we can reunite him with his owners!


UPDATE from the client who found the dog:

My neighbour told me that “there is a breeder of Gordon Setters (he thinks that is the breed) that keeps dropping off the 1-2 year olds in our area. They normally drop off the Females that are in heat (un-spayed) or the un-neutered males.” My neighbour has kept one or two and found homes for some others; another friend found a home for one (I met this one) and this is yet another that we are aware of.

I am sure you are as disgusted as I am – I hope someone has the manpower to investigate and I hope this man is caught, convicted and sentenced at the FULL EXTENT of the LAW! It is criminals like these that make me wish I was a vigilante.

Note: I did see a man in an older style van parked on Truman Line this summer – one of these dogs was running very quickly down the road toward the van. I didn’t know it at the time, but he must have just dropped the dog off (I had assumed he was exercising his dog).

I plan on holding onto him until I find a very good home for him. If you know anyone looking for a beautiful Setter that is about 1-2 years old feel free to contact me (519) 520-0096 (cell) or (519) 633-2050 ext. 230 (work) or by email


Let us also take this time to remind you about the importance of microchipping. It is a small chip that is inserted in the back of your pet, usually between the shoulder blades and is about the size of a grain of rice. It can be done relatively non-invasively and more importantly, it gives you peace of mind that if your pet is ever lost, you have a better chance of re-uniting with them.

Each year, thousands of lost and abandoned animals are taken in by shelters and humane societies across North America; some never make it back home because they can’t be identified.

Collar tags can break or become unreadable and tattooing can become illegible. So, if you want to improve your pet’s chances of getting home fast and safe in case it goes missing, microchipping is your best option.

Dr. Van Der Spank

It is with great sadness that we are reporting Dr. Van Der Spank passed away on December 29, 2012. He originally owned the Belmont Veterinary Services prior to selling his practice in March of 2012.

There’s a wonderful article about Dr. Van Der Spank in the London Free Press we wanted to share.

Brilliant veterinarian compassionate mentor

You can also view his obituary online here. His loss will be felt throughout the community and he will be greatly missed here.

Thank you Dr. Basak!

Yesterday was Dr. Shibesh Basak’s last day with us at the Belmont Veterinary Services. We want to take this opportunity to thank him for all his years of service and to wish him the best of luck in all his future endeavours.

We would also like to introduce the newest member to our Belmont Veterinary Services family, Dr. Lynn Lam. She will be starting on Monday, January 7th.

Dr. Lynn Lam graduated from the University of Edinburgh’s Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in June of 2012. She had always known from a young age that she wanted to become a veterinarian and help animals. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Bio-Medical Science from the University of Guelph before entering vet school. Dr. Lam has a wide diversity of experience from working with mice in a laboratory setting to lambing sheep in Northern Ireland to working with rhinos in South Africa, but she has always know her passion was working with small animals.

In her spare time, Dr. Lam enjoys spending time with her two cats, Jaffa Cake and Angus. She also likes to read, and is an avid television and movie watcher. Welcome Dr. Lam!

Also, don’t forget, new extended hours start January 7th! Monday’s hours will remain the same, 9:00AM to 7:00PM, but Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday will be extended by 1 hour, 9:00AM to 6:00PM and Thursday and Saturday will remain the same, 9:00 to 5:00PM and 9:00AM to noon respectively.

Happy New Year!

If your new year’s resolution is to eat better, get fit and be healthier, you should consider including your pets in your new year’s resolution.

Pet obesity puts your loved one at risk of:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart and respiratory disease
  • Cranial cruciate ligament injury
  • Kidney disease
  • Many forms of cancer
  • Decreased life expectancy (up to 2.5 years)

Consider a good diet for your pet and increasing the amount of exercise and play your pet is getting!

If you need help with your pet’s weight loss plan, come visit us at Belmont Veterinary Services for some support and suggestions.

We wish you and your pets a happy and healthy new year!

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