Dawn, our Groomer, is celebrating 15 years at Manchester West this month! As many of you know, she is a talented groomer and an accomplished dog whisperer. Equally important, she is observant and diligent about the health and well-being of the pets she grooms. Cheers to Dawn and hereís hoping for 15 more!
Manchester West Veterinary
We appreciate the
trust and confidence you
show by bringing your
pets to us. Our clients
often regard their pets
as family members. We
understand this and
strive to care for our
patients and clients
with the utmost empathy,
compassion and skill. We
care for your pet as if
he were our own.
February is Dental Health Month!
As you probably know, February is traditionally Dental Health Month. Your petís dental health isnít all about pretty white teeth and fresh breath. Itís really about the amount of bacteria laden tarter that has adhered to your petís teeth and gums. Itís about how much of that deadly bacteria is entering your petís blood supply through their gumline. And itís about how much damage that bacteria can do to organs such as your petís liver, kidneys and heart (the valves are particularly susceptible!).
At Manchester West we do not recommend dental prophylaxis procedures lightly as there is a mild anesthesia involved. But we do strongly recommend this procedure when your petís teeth and gums have reached a stage where the bacterial load is a risk to your petís health. Once your pet reaches this stage; it is no longer a matter of if but a matter of when.
Dental Health for your pet is as easy as 1 2 3. So letís get started!
1. Have your petís dental health evaluated at least annually. At Manchester West we grade teeth/gums 1 through 4. Grade 1 Ė no action needed except to continue home care. Between Grade 2 and Grade 3 our veterinarians will typically recommend a dental prophylaxis. Grade 4 Ė your pet will not only need a dental prophylaxis but in all likelihood tooth extractions.
2. If recommended, have your petís teeth and gums cleaned by a professional!
3. Preventive home care will extend the time between dental prophylaxis and we have lots of options to make it easy!
Need more information? If you visit our websiteís Pet Tips page, you will find a 4 part YouTube series on dental prophylaxis which includes filming an actual procedure on Cruiser, the bouvier. There is also a great description of exactly what we do including the precautions we take during a dental prophy on the services page of our website under ďDental CareĒ as well as printable information related to evaluating your petís teeth and home dental care for your pet. Lastly, you will find some amazing offers and discounts on our ďCouponsĒ page.
New Videos Uploaded to YouTube!
We've uploaded four new videos to our Manchester West Veterinary Hospital YouTube Channel. Two of the videos discuss cat health and how to introduce a new kitten or cat into the home. The other two discuss when and how to induce vomiting in your dog. Click here to go to the channel.
Manchester West is now carrying Nexgard, a once a month oral flea and tick preventative. Nexgard was approved by the FDA in September 2013. About six months ago Dr. Bechtel, Andrea, and Crystal began using the medication on their own dogs. They found it to be very effective and saw no adverse effects in their own dogs. Andrea and Crystal live in heavily wooded areas and they found that the ticks were not only dead but they were detached from the skin and just trapped in the fur. We will continue to carry Frontline as well but many of you donít care for the spot on treatments so this appears to be a great alternative. Here are the facts:
1. It is a once a month oral medication in the form of a beef flavored treat similar to Heartgard.
2. Kills fleas and ticks in canine patients over the age of 8 weeks and larger than 4 pounds.
3. It is not approved for feline patients.
4. Made by Merial, the makers of Heartgard and Frontline.
5. Reported adverse effects include vomiting, diarrhea, dry/flaky skin, lethargy, lack of appetite.
6. This product has not yet been evaluated for pregnant or lactating dogs.
7. Safe for all breeds of dogs.
8. It is a prescription so must be prescribed by a veterinarian.
9. Use with caution in dogs with a history of seizures.
10. No known drug interactions to date but check with your veterinarian prior to starting Nexgard.
Merial has a great introductory deal available only through your veterinarian. The manufacturer has extended the $50 rebate offer until March 31, 2015 (offer requires the purchase of 12 months of Heartgard and at least 6 months of Nexguard). It's a great deal and of course, we do the rebate paperwork for you.
Manchester West Now Has Therapeutic Laser!
Our Class IV Therapeutic laser is a non-invasive procedure used to speed the healing process and treat all types of conditions from arthritic joints (hips/knees/elbows/spine) to wounds, hotspots and chronic ear problems. The procedure takes minutes, is pleasant for the pet and involves no injections or oral medications. We have already seen some exciting results such as improved mobility in pets with chronic hip or back pain. We are also using it on our post-surgical patients to speed healing at the incision which reduces the likelihood of the pet licking/chewing at the incision. Call our office for more information. We will be posting success stories on our Facebook page as well!
We've also posted new videos on our You Tube Channel about laser treatments. Here are the links:
Our Office Hours
Monday, Tuesday, Friday 7:30 am - 6 pm
Wednesday & Thursday 7:30 am - 8 pm
Saturday 8:00 am - 3 pm
Morning Drop Offs and Late Pick-Ups
If your pet requires medical attention
after hours, please call our main number
at 636-458-9010. The voicemail system
will provide instructions on how to
reach the doctor on call. In the event
of a voicemail system or pager failure,
you should contact the Animal Emergency
Clinic in Chesterfield Valley at
636-536-4991 or the Animal Emergency
Clinic in Kirkwood at 314-822-7600.
Manchester West Veterinary Hospital is
conveniently located just off Manchester
Road (Hwy 100), one mile west of
Clarkson Road at 16396 Truman Road,
Ellisville, MO 63011.
Our staff provides
your pet with
not found at all
Because of this
Care, our patients
receive the best
care at reasonable
Serving the cities of Chesterfield, Ellisville,
Wildwood, Ballwin, Eureka, St. Albans, Manchester, West
the greater St. Louis area since 1993.