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Selwyn Times: May 30, 2017


30 Tuesday May 30 2017 Latest Christchurch news at www. PETS & PAWS .kiwi SELWYN TIMES Oral hygiene for your cat or dog Going on holiday? Give your pets the comfort of staying at home as you enjoy the break. For both daytime pet feeding and property care, our team will ensure your treasured pets are taken care of. Jenny - Ph. 021 430 016 By Selwyn Veterinary Centre veterinarian Yolande Howell You may be surprised to find out that dental and gum disease is the most common health problem in dogs and cats – with most developing gum disease by three years of age. Can you imagine how bad our teeth would get if we don’t brush our teeth for three or more years! Routine dental care for cats and dogs can be easy and will benefit your pet’s oral and overall health. Signs of dental disease may include: bad breath, yellow or brown deposits on the teeth, loss of appetite, sensitive to touch around the mouth, bleeding gums, loose teeth, difficulty chewing or pawing at the mouth or face. So, how does dental disease start? Teeth and gum disease starts when a film of bacteria coats the tooth known as plaque. Plaque hardens into tartar which can be seen as a thick yellow to brown layer on the teeth. Tartar irritates the gums and also creates an environment where bacteria thrive. As the disease gets worse the gums become tender, red and swollen. The gums eventually start pulling away from the teeth creating pockets that trap more bacteria and bits of food. As the gums recede, it may bleed and the tooth root becomes exposed, teeth may also become loose. Your pet will very likely feel pain or discomfort when eating. The bacteria will eventually enter the blood stream and they can create health problems and affect vital organs. What can we do about this? Pets, like people, require routine dental care from you and your vet. Regular checkups with your vet will help monitor your pet’s dental health, however if you suspect a problem don’t hesitate to contact your vet. After a vet check, they may recommend a dental procedure to clean your pet’s teeth and to treat any dental or gum disease. Unlike people cats and dogs will not sit in a chair and open their mouths for us to do these procedures; they will require general anaesthesia. Anaesthesia also allows for tooth extractions and pain medications are used in these circumstances. Prevention is definitely better than cure! There are several methods to help keep your pet’s teeth and gums clean and healthy. There are a variety of plaque reducing foods, treats, chews and toys. Every animal is different, consult your vet on which combination of preventatives would suit your pet best. There is no substitute for regular brushing, which is why we do it ourselves to keep our teeth clean. Start early, pets can start having their teeth brushed at home, the younger they are the more likely you’ll succeed. Start slowly and gently, like all kinds of training. Reinforce with rewards and praise. There are specially designed pet toothbrushes and finger brushes, or use a baby toothbrush. Use pet toothpaste only because toothpaste for people is not safe for your pets to swallow. Begin by rubbing your pet’s teeth and gums with a soft finger brush, reward them and praise them when they are at ease. Then start incorporating the pet toothpaste and slowly increase the number of seconds you brush their teeth. Focusing on their teeth including the gum line then work up to 30 seconds of brushing for each side of the mouth at least a few times a week. This takes time so just do it gradually but if you should have any concerns, contact your vet practice and they will help you with the process. Bear in mind that some pets just wouldn’t tolerate brushing and this is where your vet can recommend other alternatives as mentioned above. If you require further information don’t hesitate to contact us at the Selwyn Veterinary Centre. Top pet tip Transporting your pet to and from the vet can be difficult. Ensure every passenger in the car is safe by using carriers that contain your animal. Keeping an animal contained, means they are less likely to distract the driver. Did you know that carriers can also be used for birthing/ whelping, as an indoor bed and also if a pet is recovering from surgery. Check out the range of portable crates at www. COZY CATS ON ELLESMERE Cattery • Small cattery, quality not quantity • Large warm spacious individual units • Outdoor enclosures • Lots of cuddles • Located 5 minutes from Lincoln, Prebbleton, Halswell, Tai Tapu and Greenpark Please contact Jan or Tony 322 6245 or 021 203 4710 Email: Ellesmere Rd Ladbrooks, Chch Manufacturers of Fine Natural Pet Food Beef Mince & Beef Steak Free Flow & Frozen $6.50kg Phone (03) 347 0626 Shop 4, 855 Jones Road, Rolleston (opposite Redpaths) Hours: Mon-Tue 9am-5pm Wed-Fri 9am-5.30pm Sat 10am-1pm Your local vet right here in the heart of Selwyn! Selwyn Vet Centre is a modern, purpose-built totally independent veterinary practice. Nick and Yolande Howell have a total of 43 years veterinary experience between them. How can we help your precious pet? Call us today! Phone: 03 347 7419 - Visit: 829 Jones Rd, Rolleston Email: - Web:

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi Tuesday May 30 2017 31 Scrabble Club Wednesday, 1.30-3.30pm Go along to the Scrabble Club. No obligation, just go along when you can and join the friendly group. Some boards provided, but feel free to bring your own. No fee. Te Hāpua Halswell Centre, 341 Halswell Rd Musical Instrument Practice Slots Thursday, 3.30-7pm Book a time to go solo or have a silent practice with up to four band-mates. There will be electronic drums, a digital piano, a Roland session mixer, mics and headphones available for budding musicians. You can also take in your own electric instruments and plug into the session mixer. Te Hāpua Halswell Centre, 341 Halswell Rd Beginners Tribal Style Belly Dance Thursdays, 10.30-11.30am Go and try this magical, earthy, powerful, modern belly dance style. Learn to move, get in touch with your body and find your mojo. A wonderful work-out to amazing music. Suitable for Email by 5pm each Wednesday a wide age range. Tribal style uses a leader follower format of learned moves and cues. Presented by: Soul Star Tribe Tribal Belly Dance Collective. More interest is available at To register your interest phone 027 652 5993 or email Prebbleton Community Hall, 617 Springs Rd A Right Royal Do Saturday, 10am-1pm Presented by the Lincoln Farmers’ and Craft Market, celebrate all things British over Queen’s Birthday weekend at this family-friendly Lincoln community event. There will be lots of quality local fresh produce, food and craft stalls, including pork pies, victoria sponges and devonshire teas. Lincoln Green, Gerald St Maker Space Workshop Monday, June 5, 3.30-5pm This dynamic and innovative workshop will explore a range of exciting technologies. There will be four terms covering 3D design, coding and robotics, photo editing and animation, and eTextiles and papertronics. Best suited for people aged 10-13 years. Cost will be $20 per term. Te Hāpua Halswell Centre, 341 Halswell Rd Markets: West Melton Market: Saturday, 9am-noon. St Paul’s Church. Lincoln Farmers’ and Craft Market: Saturday, 10am-1pm. Gerald St, Lincoln. Darfield Market: Saturday, 9am-1pm, opposite Challenge Darfield, South Tce. Leeston Market: Saturday, 9.30am-12.30pm, Co-Operating Church grounds, High St. Prebbleton Market: Sunday, noon-3pm, Prebbleton Community Cottage, cnr of Blakes and Springs Rds. Running Groups The running groups aim to get like-minded members of the community fit and engaged with each other. All running groups will cater for different abilities. Lincoln Road Runners: Tuesday registration from 5.30pm, starts at 6pm. 3km or 6km. Starts at Lincoln University. Gold coin donations. Malvern Road Runners: Tuesday registration from 5.40pm, starts at 6pm. 3km or 6km. Starts from Malvern Netball Centre. Ellesmere Road Runners: Wednesday registration from 5.45pm, starts at 6pm. 3km or 6km walk or run. Starts from Leeston Physiotherapy. STARRY NIGHTS: Take the opportunity to enjoy the wonders of the southern night sky with local amateur astronomers. See planets such as Jupiter or Saturn. Learn about constellations, close stars, the galactic core and nebulae. The Canterbury Astronomical Society observatory has three fixed telescopes and an assortment of portable telescopes. Opening will be dependent on the weather so check website www. before heading to the observatory. The open night will be on Friday, 7.30pm, at the RF Joyce Observatory, 218 Bells Rd, West Melton. Tickets cost $15 for adults, $10 for children and are available at​ AMI RUGBY SHUTTLE Exclusive 10 seater non-stop shuttle service to AMI Stadium with on-site parking. No long walks in the wind and rain! AvoId A pARkInG fIASco • Lincoln • Prebbleton • Rolleston $20.00 shuttle ticket Highlanders Vs Crusaders 3rd June / Lions 10th June Contact Ray 027 2418 770 asap The Laboratory is proud to present another treat from the Arts on Tour circuit. Performing on Queens Birthday, this months act is called Toru, a unique collaboration that could broadly be described as a Celtic/NZ Blues/Folk Band! Expect to be wowed by dazzling string artistry with guitars, bouzouki, fiddle and percussion. There will be stunning vocal arrangements paying tribute to the varied heritage of the band members and other New Zealand heroes. Denny is a rich, expressive and musically powerful performer. James is a virtuoso guitarist, fretless bassist, singer and songwriter. Davy is one of NZ’s best Celtic accompanists on guitar and bouzouki. whole venue will be given over to the show. Doors open at 5.30pm and the performance starts at 7pm. The bar will be open with a full menu available on the night, so do book a table by calling 325 3006 if you have purchased a ticket and want to ensure you get a great seat to dine at while you enjoy the show. Tickets are $15 and available over the bar or online from Eventfinda. Look forward to more superb performances at ticketed events at The Laboratory throughout 2017. Check out our website for these and other great community events at The Laboratory - Together they are bringing the magic of Toru (in Maori toru means three) to Lincoln. ‘Crossing Borders’ promises to be a very special event. The Laboratory is opening especially on a Monday (when normally closed) so the