New For Dental Month: Maxi/guard

MAXIGUARD® oral cleansing products have been used by veterinarians worldwide for the last 20 years and are consid

ered the most effective and user friendly products available for companion animals, horses and exotics. The MAXIGUARD® range consists of products suitable for maintaining oral health as well as those recommended for advanced periodontal cases, post oral surgery and pre and post dental cleaning.

All MAXIGUARD® products contain Zinc which is antibacterial and reduces the anaerobic bacteria responsible for plaque formation and halitosis. Maxiguard Oral Gel formulation also contain Vitamin C which stimulates collagen production and aids gingival repair for treatment

of periodontal pockets and gingival recession.

MAXIGUARD® products are are available in gel and wipe formulations to suit patient requirements and owner preference. MAXIGUARD® wipes and OraZn gel have no Vitamin C and are suitable for maintaining oral health, oral gel has Vitamin C and is suitable for treating periodontal disease as well as maintaining oral health. The products are applied once a day and may be used with or without brushing. Gels are applied to gums above the back molars which stimulates the salivary glands to distribute the product to the whole oral cavity. Only a small amount is required. Wipes are used by gently rubbing the teeth and gums daily.

MAXIGUARD® is a natural product and safe for daily use. Laboratory evaluations demonstrate that dosing twice per day at the recommended small volume, will deliver considerably less zinc intake than recognised toxic levels or even the required daily intake from the diet. Natural oral compounds like zinc ascorbate/Taurine are generally recognised as the safest approach to oral care, especially in animals where the product is ingested. Many home care dental products contain Chlorhexidine which can increase plaque/calculus formation, stain teeth brown, and decrease the pet’s sense of taste. MAXI/GUARD® is Chlorhexidine free and does not have these side effects.

New For Dental Month: Oxyfresh

Oxyfresh is an easy way to support pet dental health and strengthen their gum tissue. Safely and effectively helps aid in the fight against plaque and tartar, promotes healthy gums, and gives them the freshest breath.

  • Bad Breath – The patented blend of Oxygene® and zinc helps to clean the teeth and eliminate bad breath
  • Effective – Oxyfresh helps maintain normal healthy teeth and gums…safely
  • Tasteless and odourless – Even the fussiest dogs & cats can’t detect the clear Oxyfresh in their water
  • Non-Toxic – Xylitol, chlorhexidine, alcohol & dye free formula, 100% safe for dogs, cats, and other pets
  • Convenient – Just add 5ml (capful) to water bowl (1L) daily
  • Affordable –  Costs the pet owner less than 1 coffee per week and comes with a 100% money back Guarantee
  • Size – 50 servings / 250ml

Finally, pet dental homecare made easy!
Oxyfresh non-toxic water additive and dental gel solution is a must-have when it comes to fresh breath and the overall dental health of dogs and cats.
By the age of 3, 70% of cats and 80% of dogs have some form of periodontal disease which can take years off a pet’s life. That’s why Oxyfresh with its patented blend of Oxygene® and zinc was developed. It safely and effectively helps cleans the teeth and gums, freshens bad breath and is suitable for all animals including dogs and cats.
Unlike other products, Oxyfresh pet dental water additive is completely tasteless and odourless so even the fussiest dogs or cats can’t detect it.

100% MONEY BACK iM3 GUARANTEE Oxyfresh pet products are unmatched for excellence and effectiveness and are backed by a 30-day 100% money back guarantee.

Behaviour Training!


Tracy Irons, previous director of Adelaide Veterinary Behaviour Services and Director of VetCraft Designs, ran a behaviour training day with us a few months ago. One of our receptionists, Ella, has written a few words on some of the ways that it has helped her to understand our patients and make them feel comfortable in our clinic.

As a receptionist, I am usually the first point of contact for your furry friends when they come to visit. The importance of this role in making your pets visit as stress free as possible, became very clear after our behaviour training. While we, as receptionists, are not the ones wielding needles or poking fingers where they shouldn’t go, our pets generally can’t tell the difference. This is evident when a dog hides under the waiting room chairs or does a nervous wee (totally normal by the way! Please don’t feel embarrassed if your pet has an accident in clinic, we’ve seen much worse!). Prior to this training, it was my understanding that, like many humans dogs and cats crave comfort and touch in times of anxiety. Tracy explained to us that often if an animal is hiding, it means they need space (hence the hiding!). In these cases, it is best for us to leave them alone, offer for them to wait outside, suggest to the vet that they might want to do the consult outside or even in our back reception area. I found this so helpful because I previously found myself unintentionally ignoring these signs and trying to comfort with treats and praise. Instead, now I like to communicate with the owner about how “Fluffy” is doing today, would it be okay if I gave them a treat, are they comfortable with pats (if it is not visibly obvious). Similarly, if a cat is hiding in the back of their cage and being vocal, they’re not really going to benefit from a curly haired lunatic staring in their safe space, talking in a baby voice. It is best to cover them with a feliway sprayed blanket (calming pheromone spray) and try to make the waiting room as calm as possible. We want this experience to be a positive one as your pets care is our primary goal. If there is something that your pet needs, feel free to tell us!

While understanding and working with each animals individual needs is helpful, Tracy taught us that sometimes it is just not enough. Some issues can be solved through behaviour training, while other issues like general anxiety need clinical treatment. This is where medication can come in handy! Many owners struggle and stress over bringing their animal to the vet and possibly will put it off to avoid the experience. It doesn’t have to be this way! Medication can calm your pet and make the consult a positive experience for everyone. I have had so many thankful clients that wish they had used medication earlier and probably a few dishevelled vet nurses who would say the same! It can also be a great long term treatment of anxiety and other behavioural issues. It is often hard for an owner to differentiate between training and behaviour problems so coming in for a consult with the vet can be helpful. If we find that the issue can benefit from training then we can refer you to a behaviour specialist. If we find that your pets issues are clinical then we can discuss medication. Call us on 0297972555 for further information!

– Ella


What is GingiShield™ Antibacterial Enamel Sealant? GingiShield is a clear sealant applied to at-risk teeth to kill harmful bacteria and helps prevent the formation of plaque, reducing the risk of periodontal disease (gum disease).

Periodontal disease is caused by bacteria in dental plaque and leads to bad breath, tooth loss, bone loss, and heart, kidney, and liver disease in both dogs and cats. ​

GingiShield is the same product used by dentists and cleared by the FDA to seal and protect children’s teeth, but formulated for veterinary use. GingiShield is non-toxic and is safe for dogs and cats of all sizes.

GingiShield is the only sealant with patented SELDOX antibacterial protection – safely killing bacteria and inhibiting plaque formation. Additionally, other veterinary tooth sealants must be reapplied frequently between dental cleanings, while a single GingiShield application lasts a year or longer.

Can GingiShield be applied at home? No, GingiShield must be applied only by veterinary professionals. Application requires specialized equipment and training. GingiShield is applied during routine dental cleaning.

Dental Month Special Offer!

This year for Dental Month, we will be offering free GingiShield treatments on problem teeth for pets having a dental procedure! Please call the clinic on (02) 97972555 to book your pets dental procedure.