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Veterinary Dental Specialists Launch Program for Service Dogs

posted July 30th, 2012 by
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American Veterinary Dental College

The first annual American Veterinary Dental College (AVDC) Service Dog Oral Healthcare Exam program will be held in August 2012. The event will honor the dogs who selflessly serve the public – guide dogs, service dogs, working and military dogs, and search and rescue dogs. Complimentary oral healthcare examinations will be provided by AVDC veterinary dental specialists.

These AVDC veterinary dental specialists will be looking for signs of periodontal disease, fractured teeth, discolored teeth, oral masses, and other oral and dental diseases that can cause pain or discomfort for service dogs.

Although no treatment will be offered as part of the Service Dog Oral Healthcare Exam program, if oral or dental abnormalities are found, a treatment plan will be laid out that the owner or handler can elect to pursue at a later date. In addition, the veterinary dental specialists will teach service dog owners and handlers about the benefits of preventative oral health care.

Many AVDC veterinary dental specialists have treated service dogs in the past and are well aware that oral pain can prevent these dogs from working effectively. This program will help ensure that America’s service dogs are able to do their important work at peak efficiency.

Owners and handlers of service animals who have been certified from a formal training program, or enrolled in a training program can register on-line between now and August 15 at the AVDC website: AVDC.org. Once registered, owners or agents will receive a registration number and a list of participating veterinary dentists in their area whom they can contact to schedule an appointment during August. Times may vary, depending on the facility, and appointments are provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

For further information, contact:

 

 

Kenneth M. Capron, DVM

Diplomate

Capron Veterinary Hospital and Dental Clinic for Pets (Animal Dental Clinic of Tulsa)

http://www.animaldentalclinicoftulsa.com/

6705 East 51st Street

Tulsa, OK 74145-7606

(918) 627-5188

 

David S. Russell, DVM

Diplomate

Veterinary Dental Center of Tulsa

http://www.vetdentalcenter.com

4820 E. 33rd Street

Tulsa, OK 74135

918-749-8387