We made the TV and newspapers on 16th February following surgery performed on a Polar Bear. Link to BBC site here.

This article covers the use of various products by owners in order to keep the teeth clean and the mouth healthy between scaing and polishing procedures. The evidence in favour of daily toothbrushing is overwhelming. This article covers the alternatives often purchased by owners who do not wish to brush and highlights the lack of clinical and/or scientific evidence for many of them. It also covers the sort of damage to teeth that frequently occurs if hard objects are given to provide cleaning or amusement. Bone and hard nylon chews are the main culprits. We know that as little as 90 kg of force (kgf) will fracture the main cusp of the upper carnassial tooth. Given that rawhide chews can provide 200-300 kgf this puts the use of hard nylon chews and bones in perspective as they break the pressure testing probes at 500kgf. DOWNLOAD HERE.

We uploaded a number of video clips onto our You Tube Channel

The video files are professioally made and designed to assist owners and practice personnel with various tasks such as toothbrushing in dogs, the awake oral examination, the danger of giving hard toys to "clean teeth" and sharpening instruments. We intend to upload more in due course. A selection of videos is shown below.

 

From April 2009 to April 2012 we offered owners of cases of FCGS the option of being included in a research project being run by the Comparative Molecular Medicine & Therapeutics Group at Glasgow University Veterinary School under the direction of Professor David Bennett.

We needed 25 cases over two years. These cases will be run clinically by us in the normal manner including elective extractions and interferon therapy where indicated. The advantage to the owners is that all lab work will be performed free of charge. This includes virus isolation and serology, virus and bacterial DNA determination, bacterial culture (including anaerobes), blood biochemistry and hematology and histopathology of tissue. This large research project will also include 180 questionnaires from owners across the UK. Hopefully this detailed project will advance our knowledge on what causes this frustrating condition and help with prevention and treatment.