Our team will perform a complete dental exam and will then recommend oral care and/or a treatment tailored for your pet. Treatment can involve professional teeth cleaning and polishing, and dental surgery (tooth extraction) if necessary. Drugs may be prescribed to complement the treatment: antibiotics, local antiseptics during some days or weeks in order to fight bacterial infection.
Don't hesitate to ask us if your pet suffers from bad breath or decreased appetite!
Preventative care at home
Dental home care is critical in the prevention of periodontal disease. it is also a key factor to make the effects of professional dental cleaning last longer.
You can help delay the first professional dental cleaning with appropriate dental care at home starting as early as possible in your pet's life.
Brushing, chewing, rinsing, food or water additive: all of these are good ways to prevent the accumulation of dental plaque and bacteria on your pets' teeth and help them live a long , happy life.
Enzymatic Dental Chews
These chews come in three sizes based on the weight of the dog, less than 10 lbs, 11-25 lbs, and 26-50 lbs. Recommended to help keep teeth clean and freshen breath. The rawhide abrasive texture and the blend of enzymes Glucose Oxidase plus Lactoperoxidase (from the Dried Whey Protein Concentrate) help prevent plaque and tarter build-up and keep the teeth clean. The palatable poultry flavor makes it a real treat.
Feeding Directions:Give one chew daily. It is recommended to monitor your dog while this product is being chewed. Gulping whole chews can be harmful to a dog.
This product is recommended for intermittent or supplemental feeding only. Do not feed to cattle or ruminants. Keep out of reach of children. Store in a cool dry place. Carefully reseal pouch after use.
Ingredients: Beef hide, Dextrose, Poultry Digest, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, Primary Dried Yeast, Potassium Sorbate, Glucose Oxidase (Aspergillus niger), Dried Whey Protein Concentrate.
Recommended to help maintain healthy mouth and gums. The unique and advanced shape of Dental Sticks allows the dog to chew longer, on average for 10 minutes. The mechanical effect of chewing added to the abrasive texture of Dental Sticks help prevent the accumulation of plaque and calculus, keeping teeth clean and breath fresh.
Liver & Pancreatic Support
Our Liver Support combines SAME and Milk Thistle along with B-Complex Vitamins, Antioxidants and Amino Acids to help improve liver metabolic activity and restore proper liver function.
Key Ingredients of Liver Support
S-Adenosylmethionine (SAMe): A powerful antioxidant and detoxifier, SAMe improves hepatic glutathione levels to help maintain and support liver function.In addition, SAMe offers safe and effective support for declining mental functions in senior dogs and cats.
Milk Thistle: Helps protect liver cells from toxins and reduce damage to cells.
Antioxidants: Helps neutralize oxygen free radicals.
Amino Acids: Stimulates glutathione synthesis and reduces oxidative damage.
B-Vitamins: Provides nutritional support ensuring proper protein and energy metabolism, and vitamin B-6 for synthesis.
Joint Care Plus
The unique blend of ingredients in the TRP soft chews allows it to lock in the freshness for a moist, soft and highly palatable soft chew, under any environment condition.
Our Joint Support provides a full strength combination of Glucosamine HCI, MSM, Perna Canaliculus, Creatine Monohydrate, Omega-3 Fatty Acids, Antioxidants, Vitamins and Minerals to support healthy joint function to help your dog stay active and enjoy life.
Key Ingredients of Joint Support
Glucosamine HCI is a major building block of cartilage. It also makes up 50 percent of the natural lubricant found in synovial fluid. By supplementing naturally present Glucosamine, the body is able to facilitate the manufacture and maintenance of cartilage, and helps restore lubricant in the synovial fluid. Synovial Fluid then regains the ability to carry nutrients to rebuild cartilage, insulate bones from friction and cushion the joint.
MSM is noted for its exceptionally non-toxic nature. MSM supplies dietary sulfur necessary for col-md-6lagen production, which helps form bones, tendons and connective tissue.
Perna Canaliculus is a natural source of GAGs. GAGs are also important building block of cartilage; they provide resistance of cartilage to compression. In addition, their antioxidant properties help control the progression of cartilage degeneration.
Creatine Monohydrate, which enhances the energy required to fuel muscle contraction, strengthening the muscles that support and protect the joint.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids-Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA) and Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) which help maintain normal inflammatory response.
When to use Joint Supports :
Chondro-Flex Joint Care For Cats
Recommended to support healthy joint function in cats. May help alleviate the discomfort associated with normal daily exercise and activity.
KetoCleanse Medicated Flush
KetoCleanse Medicated Flush is an antiseptic (antibacterial and antifungal) solution for the gentle cleansing and flushing of ears and skin. Contains ketoconazole for the management of yeasts and fungi and preservatives for antibacterial activity. Phytosphingosine is a pro-ceramide to restore the skin barrier and helps in the long-term management of skin conditions. Phytosphingosine HCI also has antiseptic properties. The alkaline pH of KetoCleanse Medicated Flush helps potentiate local antibiotics such as quinolones andaminoglycosides. Can be used on dog, cats, and horses.
Soothe & Cleanse Ear Cleaner
Soothe & Cleanse Ear Cleaner is specifically formulated to deodorize and gently clean, dry, and acidify the ear canal. This provides an ideal environment for healthy ears. Phytosphingosine is a pro-ceramide to restore the skin barrier and helps in the long-term management of skin conditions. Phytosphingosine HCI also has antiseptic properties. Now with refreshing cucumber melon scent.
Multivitamins + Aminoacids
For use in senior dogs. Recommended to help support overall quality of life.
Zinc-Carnosine in Gastri-Soothe combines elemental zinc and the di-peptide L-carnosine in a chelated stable compound with synergistic benefits. Zinc helps maintain natural mucosal defense mechanism and tissue growth. L-carnosine provides antioxidant properties to help protect epithelial cells from damages. Gastri-Soothe is recommended to help reduce flatulence, occasional bowel discomfort and unpleasant gassy odors.
Omega Health Capsules
Ingredients: Fish Oil, Beef Gelatin, Water, Glycerin, Vitamin E Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin A Palmitate.
Derma Calm HC Spray
Derma Calm HC Spray is a soothing anti-inflammatory formulation for dogs, cats, and horses. It contains pramoxine and micronized col-md-6loidal oatmeal, combined with hydrocortisone for the temporary relief of itching, flaking, and inflammation. Derma Calm HC Spray is formulated in a moistening base for a long-lasting soothing effect, with coat conditioners and Omega-6 Essential Fatty Acids to nourish the skin and help further control irritation.
Derma Calm +PS Shampoo
Derma Calm +PS Shampoo is a gentle cleanseing formulation for dogs, cats, and horses. Derma Calm +PS Shampoo contains pramoxine and micronized col-md-6loidal oatmeal for the temporary relief of itching, flaking, and irritation. The soap-free formulation also contains Omega-6 Essential Fatty Acids to nourish the skin and help further control irritation.Phytosphingosine is a pro-ceramide to restore the skin barrier and helps in the long-term management of skin conditions. Phytosphingosine-salicyloyl also helps fight irritations.
ChloraCleanse +PS Shampoo
ChloraCleanse +PS Shampoo is an antiseptic shampoo combining soap-free cleansing bases and emollients for optimal effectiveness while preserving the skin's moisture. ChloraCleanse +PS Shampoo contains Phytosphingosine a pro-ceramide to restore the skin barrier and helps in the long-term management of skin conditions. Phytosphingosine-salicyloyl also helps fight irritations.
ChloraCleanse HC Shampoo
ChloraCleanse HC Shampoo combines surface-active penetrating agents and emollients with chlorhexidine for antiseptic activity and hydrocortisone for anti-inflammatory benefit. ChloraCleanse HC Shampoo is designed for dogs, cats, and horses withdermatological conditions that are responsive to chlorhexidine and hydrocortisone.
KetoClear Medicated Shampoo
KetoClear Medicated Shampoo is a pleasantly scented shampoo with broad antimicrobial and antifungal properties designed for dogs, cats, and horses with dermatological conditions that are responsive to chlorhexidine and ketoconazole. Phytosphingosine is a pro-ceramide to restore the skin barrier and helps in the long-term management of skin conditions. Phytosphingosine-salicyloyl also has anti-inflammatory properties.
Deep Cleansing Medicated Shampoo
Deep Cleansing Medicated Shampoo is a powerful and degreasing shampoo for the relief of scaling and itching associated with skin infection, seborrheic disorders, and follicular plugging on dogs, cats, and horses. The combination of benzoyl peroxide, micronized sulfur and salicylic acid allows for degreasing, follicular flushing, and enhanced keratolytic and keratoplastic activity. The combination also has antiseptic (antibacterial and antifungal) prperties. Phytosphingosine is a pro-ceramide to restore the skin barrier and helps in the long-term management of skin conditions. Phytosphingosine HCI also has antiseptic properties. Deep Cleansing Medicated Shampoo is formulated in a citrus scented soap-free, lathering shampoo base with skin moisturizers for gentle cleaning and deodorizing, while effectively removing scales and oils from the coat.
Hypoallergenic Shampoo is a gentle, hypoallergenic, soap-free formulation with optimal pH valence. Contains emollients for moisturizing and protein for conditioning. Natural Moisturizing Factors promote hydration of skin and coat, while essential fatty acids nourish skin and aid in the control of flaking and scaling. Phytosphingosine is a pro-ceramide to restore the skin barrier and helps in the long-term management of skin conditions. Phytosphingosine-salicyloyl also helps fight irritations.
The Veterinarian And Your Potbellied
Choosing a veterinarian to treat your potbellied pig is critical to the care and well being of your pet pig. Selecting a vet is similar to and as important as choosing your child’s pediatrician. This choice should be made in advance of any medical emergency that might arise. Should your pig become ill or in a crisis situation it is imperative that a relationship already be established with your local veterinarian.
Dr Catalin Petcu has an extensive experience with pigs and Potbellied Pigs.
He worked in Europe for over 6 years with pigs exclusively. He has performed at this time over 10.000 surgical procedures in potbellied pigs and can assist your pig with vaccinations - preventive medicine and internal medicine cases.
He is available on Saturdays for Pig consultation, vaccinations and surgery.
Pre Office Visit Training
Make certain your pig can be lifted and held easily.
• Train your pet pig to a kennel so the ride in the car will be a safe on.• Touch your pig all over – inside her ears, her hooves. under her tail and stomach as your vet might during a physical examination. Make sure your pig is used to being rubbed/scratched vigorously on the neck and behind the ear since this is an action the vet might do while giving an injection.
.At Our Vet Office• Be prepared to carry your pig into the examination room should your pig not be able to walk comfortably on your vet’s slick floors.• Correctly lift your young pig by placing one arm just forward of the front legs and the other around the rump.• Use a crowding board to push your older pig into a corner allowing the vet to administer a shot.• Do not allow anyone to lift your pig up by her stomach or by her legs.• Correctly restrain your older pig for more involved medical procedures by standing behind your pig, placing your arms around his/her stomach and pulling your pig to your chest so that he/she is sitting directly on her tail with her head and backbone on your chest and her feet directly in front of her.• Do not use commercial swine nose snare on your pig.• Take a rubber mat or rug for your pig to stand on, thus providing better footing on the exam table or floor.• Be present in the exam room, if possible.• Talk calmly to your pig during the medical procedures so that your pig will feel safer.• Take treats and have your vet offer a few as a friendly introduction.• Follow your vet’s instruction should the stress to you or your pig become too great during exam.• Take bedding should your pig need to stay overnight.• Check the temperature of the location in which she will be housed, providing a heat lamp or a fan if necessary.• Travel with extra bedding and a plastic bad should your pig have an accident in the car.• Reward your pig with a very special treat after the visit to her vet.
About Anesthesia and Surgery
There are several ways to anesthetize including inhalation of gases, injections, and even intranasal drugs.At Western Belle Animal Hospital we use an anesthesia protocol-md-6 that is safe, effective and painless. Dr Catalin Petcu uses a safe and pain free protocol-md-6 to anesthetize and neuter your Pig or Potbellied pig.
We strongly recommend neutering your male pig as early as 14 weeks of age.Postponing this very important procedure will result in aggression even towards the owner and in a more difficult and costly recovery from surgery.
Vaccinations : Pet Pigs need to be vaccinated at 8-9 weeks and 12-13 weeks, then every 6 months . At Western animal Hospital we use a Multivalent vaccine that covers all the infectious diseases that a Pig may be exposed to.
Deworming : We recommend deworming every 6 months, if possible at the time of vaccinations . Deworming is very important for your Pet Pig.
Scheduling a Pig or Potbellied Pig Vet Exam : call us today at 623-931-2668 to schedule your Pig examination, vaccination and deworming. We'll be happy to assist you. We schedule Pig vet Exams and other procedures on Saturdays only. We prefer to see your Pig on one of our locations on 51st ave and Northern or 35th ave and Bethany Home. House calls may be available on a case by case basis but need to be scheduled weeks in advance due to our busy schedule.