Free dog dental check-ups for fun run finishers

August 6, 2015

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Phoebe and and her dog Bindi were the first dog and owner to cross the line in the 2014 Dog n Jog at Murdoch University

Fantastically fit pet dogs who participate in the sixth annual Dog N Jog fun run at Murdoch University on Sunday, August 16, will receive a free dental health check from vet lecturers and students.

Dogs and their owners have the option of completing a 4km or 8km course both of which take participants around Murdoch’s picturesque South Street Campus.

This year’s Dog N Jog is supported by Murdoch’s College of Veterinary Medicine with the aim of raising awareness of canine dental health. August is also Pet Dental Health Month.

“More than 80 per cent of adult pets suffer from some kind of dental problem and pets will often endure pain in silence,” said Dr Melinda Bell, a lecturer in Small Animal General Practice at the College of Veterinary Medicine.

“For this reason, many dental health issues can go unnoticed and can eventually cause blood infection and even diseases of the heart and kidneys.

“The dental health checks will help us to identify any issues and the Murdoch Veterinary Hospital offers a variety of treatments for pets suffering from a dental disease or who simply need a scale and polish.”

The event, which begins at 8am in car park eight near the Vet Hospital, is open to those who would prefer to walk (4km distance only) with their dogs as well as to walkers and runners without dogs.

The free dental checks will only be available to those who register for the event at the following website – http://www.unisport.com.au/murdoch/Events/Pages/ViewEvent.aspx?EventID=24 – and who complete the fun run.

Entry is free and those who bring their dogs can even put their pet through their paces at a free agility course.

Event organiser Adrian Fisher, Murdoch’s manager of sports, said the Dog N Jog was as much about the health of pet owners as the dogs themselves.

"Every year the event has provided staff, students and members of the community with the opportunity to get themselves and, if they choose, their dog active as well,” said Mr Fisher.

“We’re looking forward to welcoming entrants onto campus once more this year and we’re delighted staff and students from the vet school will be offering these check ups to dog owners.”

Free parking on the day of the event will be available at car parks seven and nine near the Vet Hospital. Gold coin collections for the Murdoch University Veterinary Trust will be made on the day.

Online registration is open until August 14.

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