Lost Pet has Microchip

Are Your Pet’s Microchip Records Up to Date?

 If Your Pet is Lost – Can we Find You?

Faces like these staring out of cages are commonplace across pet shelters, pounds and Vet Clinics across our community.

It is not unusual for people to bring wandering pets into local vet clinics to keep them safe while staff try and identify who they belong to. The only accurate way to do this is by scanning for a microchip which hopefully links the pet to its registered owner.

Lost Pet has MicrochipUnfortunately this is not always the case.

Sometimes the lost pet is not microchipped so we have no way to identify where it has come from or who the owner is.

The only thing we can do is hope that someone will miss this face and call us pretty quickly.

If this doesn’t happen – we are required by law to send these unidentified pets to the local pound.

If Your Pet Has a Microchip – we can probably Find You

The best way to make sure your lost pet can always be returned to you is through Microchipping. This tiny identification chip is smaller than a grain of rice but holds the necessary details to help us connect your pet with you.

By law – all cats and dogs need to be microchipped for local Council registration however there are still many pets which are not.

Each Microchip has a unique number which then becomes your pet’s unique ID. This unique number is linked to your contact details which include your name, current address and phone number.

We can scan any lost pet for this unique number and then search relevant databases for your contact details.

Once we find this, we can contact you and let you know your pet is safe with us and waiting for you to come and take her home. A Happy Ending for everyone!

When Microchipping Does Not Work

In order for this very simple and effective system to work however means you need to keep your contact details up to date.

If you move address or change your phone contact details – and you have a microchipped pet registered with your previous details – please make sure you notify the relevant organisation through which your pet’s microchip is registered.

If you don’t do this – anyone finding your pet may not be able to contact you.

How to Check Where Your Pet is Registered

Shortly after your pet has been microchipped you will receive identification acknowledgement from that provider in the mail.Microchip Registration

We use Central Animal Records as our Database so the document should look like this.

If you do not receive this document within a few weeks of microchipping your pet with us – please let us know immediately.

Moving House? New Mobile? Updating Your Pet’s Records

If you have changed any of your important contact details – please contact your relevant database provider for information on how to update your contact details.

Not Sure Which Database Your Pet is Registered With?

If you don’t know where your pet is registered – go to Pet Address and type in your pet’s microchip number.

If your pet is registered on a database, the search engine function will be able to tell you. Once you know where your pet is registered – you can contast them directly and update your details.

Central Animal Records has a very helpful FAQ page which gives you all the information you need about microchip registrations to include:

  • Updating Your contact details
  • Transferring ownership
  • Deceased Pet Notification
  • Breeder Litter Microchipping and lots more

Check Your Pet’s Microchip Records Today

Add this important task to your planner this week. If your pet is Not Microchipped – make an appointment to have this done.

If your pet is Microchipped – check your pet’s registration details and update if needed.

Diagnosing lumps in animals

The Best and Worst Ways to Diagnose Lumps

Why Testing Lumps is Important

FNA vs Biopsy

If you’ve discovered a lump on your pet – have this checked out by your vet as quickly as possible.

Don’t use a “wait and see” approach to see if it changes because – if it’s a malignant growth then every day you leave it, the greater the risk of dangerous cells spreading to other parts of the body.

You want this type of lump removed as quickly as possible.

If the lump is not dangerous (thankfully not all lumps are) then at least you have paid for peace of mind that your pet’s health is not at risk.

Testing Lumps

There are 2 ways to find out what lump we’re dealing with. These are through:

  1. Fine Needle Aspirate (FNA) and
  2. Biopsy

Fine Needle Aspirate (FNA)

Here a small sample is taken by inserting a thin needle into the centre of the lump and withdrawing some sample cells from within.

These cells are then examined under a microscope (either by your vet or sent to a laboratory) for Pathologist assessment. Provided that the sample contains the right type and number of cells (and they haven’t been damaged by their passage through the tiny needle) a diagnosis of the growth type and Grade (invasiveness) can be made.Diagnosing lumps in animals

The advantage of this method is that it is quick and easy. No sedation, anaesthetic or hospital stay is required. This procedure can be comfortable performed during the consultation.

The Downside of Fine Needle Aspirate (FNA) Sampling Method?

Results are sometimes inconclusive because the sample analysed is either not sufficient in volume or it contains cells other than the ones needed for diagnosis.

For this reason we most often recommend taking a core biopsy instead.

Core Biopsy Sampling Method

A biopsy is a surgery where a tumour or part of a tumour is surgically removed and sent off to a Pathologist for classification. Most of these can be performed under sedation and local anaesthesia however (deeper or internal) tumours will require full anaesthesia.

Because of the time it takes to prepare and examine the sample, results can take up to 10 days to arrive.

A biospy provides your vet with both a diagnosis of cell type and level of invasiveness (Grade)

This means your vet now knows how much of the surrounding tissue needs t be removed and what further diagnostics are needed (if applicable) to determine whether the cells have spread to other parts of the body.

3 Options of Lump Assessment

  1. Your Vet’s assessment of FNA sample in consultation
  2. Pathologist assessment of FNA sample at external lab and
  3. Pathologist assessment of core tissue sample

Naturally there are price differences between methods with Option 1 the cheapest and Option 3 the most expensive.

Ultimately the choice of method is up to you.

Our way of helping our clients make a decision is to ask them this. “Would you have cancer surgery based on your GP looking at your cells under a microscope or would you feel safer with a Pathologist (Specialist) opinion.”

The worst way to assess any lump is by guesswork. Concluding that a lump is harmless because of the way it looks is simply not good enough.

Neither is adopting a “wait and see if it grows any bigger” approach and then doing something about it.

 

Why Dental Checks in Consultations Can’t Give us the Full Picture

Our Patients are Reluctant

Have you ever tried opening your cat or dog’s mouth and being able to examine every single tooth without them squirming, pulling away or taking a swipe at you?

We’re guessing you can’t. And neither can we.

Unfortunately – pets just aren’t co-operative when it comes to looking inside their mouths – particularly if their mouth is sore.

That’s why we can only ever give you limited information about the true state of your pet’s oral health when we examine them in a consultation. We might be able to partially evaluate some of the front teeth but rarely can we see deep into their mouths at the teeth and gums down the back without stressing them out.

Cat and Dog DentalsWe can’t  just say “Open wide – sit still” – while we probe each tooth and look at them with the mirror like Human Dentists can.

All we can do in this situation is give you an idea of your pet’s oral health status which generally means applying special numbers called Dental Grades.

Dental Disease Grading

Dental Disease is a progressive disease which is classified according to severity. These stages are based on what we can see while examining your pet’s mouth in a consultation and are simplistically explained as follows:

Grade 0-1 – No Evidence of Dental Disease

No visible signs of dental disease. Generally found only in young pets or those having regular preventative dentals to keep them this way. To keep your pets oral health at this stage – regular Preventative “Scale and Polish” dentals are recommended.

Grade 2 – Mild Gingivitis – Early Stage Periodontal Disease

Here we see evidence of the beginning signs of developing disease. Slightly inflamed gums, plaque and some hardened plaque. (Tartar) A Dental will be recommended to remove this dangerous build up thereby halting further progression of dental disease.

This is the Good Stage – no permanent damage to teeth and gums seems to be present. We call this the “reversible” stage – You can still do something to return your pet’s mouth to good health.

Book your pet in for a Dental as soon as possible – otherwise you’ll risk progressing to the irreversible stages.

Grade 3 Dental Disease -Mild Gingivitis, Established Periodontal Disease

Ouch! This is already getting more serious and will be causing your pet pain. Gums are red, inflamed and swollen. Your pet’s mouth is smelly (due to bacteria build up) Moderate amounts of hard brown tartar is present. Some teeth may already be damaged and need to be removed. A professional dental is urgently needed if your pet has reached this stage.

Grade 4+ Severe Gingivitis – Advanced Periodontal Disease

Your pet’s gums are damaged by dangerous bacteria and Tartar. Your pet’s mouth is incredibly sore and her breath smells badly. Chronic infection is destroying the gums, teeth and bone. Severe Dental Disease in Pets

Bacteria are circulating in the bloodstream threatening the liver, kidneys and heart. Teeth will have to be removed and the gums stitched. A dental procedure is needed urgently – with no exceptions or alternative options possible.

Fee Estimations for Dental Procedures

Given the difficulty in making accurate assessment of your pet’s mouth while awake – the best we can do is provide a fee estimation that ranges between best case scenario and worst case scenario for any stage greater than Grade 1 Preventative Dental Scale and Polish.

Your pet’s dental health best assessed while fast asleep under General Anaesthesia where we have the opportunity to examine each tooth individually as well as visualise the whole oral cavity.

This is why we provide free dental assessments for all patients undergoing general anaesthesia in our practice.

We can contact you if we feel your pet would benefit from a dental at the same time as their other procedure.

By combining the dental procedure with the existing procedure saves you money in the long term because you are not paying for each procedure individually.

Please be aware -the longer you ignore developing dental disease – the more costly it will be treat in the latter stages – not to mention the pain this causes to your pet.

Admitting Your Pet for Surgery

Be prepared for our staff to inform you that we will be performing a free dental examination while your pet is under anaesthesia. We will contact you if we find that your pet would benefit from having a dental performed with the procedure and you can then decide from there.