Stockport Times West - - VETS Q&A - ELAINE PENDLEBURY

DEAR Elaine, I res­cued a Bi­chon Frise 18 months ago. She was in a ter­ri­ble state but with help from my vet she is now back to full health. The last prob­lem to sort out is her teeth. I’m sav­ing up for the £200 I need, but on a pen­sion it’s hard. I give her half a den­tal stick a day, but is there any­thing else I can do to help this prob­lem while I raise the money? It’s won­der­ful to hear that your dog is do­ing so well now. If you haven’t checked al­ready, it’s worth giv­ing PDSA a call on 0800 731 2502 – we may be able to help with the cost of any fu­ture den­tal treat­ment that your dog needs. There are def­i­nitely things you can do at home to help im­prove your dog’s den­tal health too, such as brush­ing her teeth. We have a video show­ing how to do this – visit videos.

DEAR Elaine, I’ve re­cently no­ticed a slight change in the colour of my gecko’s skin. He seems fine oth­er­wise but is this some­thing I should be wor­ried about?

When geckos are about to shed skin, they can be­come a bit ‘drab­ber’, but a more no­tice­able change in skin colour can be due to dif­fer­ent fac­tors, such as en­vi­ron­men­tal hu­mid­ity. In ad­di­tion, some types of gecko can change colour to blend into their en­vi­ron­ment if they feel in dan­ger or stressed. Other con­di­tions, like hor­monal changes, can also cause colour al­ter­ations. I’d sug­gest you take your gecko to a vet with a spe­cial in­ter­est in rep­tiles for a health check, to be on the safe side.

For more de­tails on PDSA Pet Aid Ser­vices call 0800 7312502. To do­nate or fundraise visit

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