Chisholm Trail Veterinary Clinic doctors expand dental knowledge
Do you cringe when your dog tries to give you kisses because his breath is terrible? Are your kitty’s teeth in tip-top shape? If you haven’t had your pet’s teeth checked in a while, now is the time.
Because dental disease is so prevalent—and so painful!–it’s always on our minds, and a part of every annual exam. To make sure we always have the latest information and tools, the entire Chisholm Trail Veterinary Clinic team has expanded and reinforced their dental knowledge and training.
In July 2018, all four of our Chisholm Trail Veterinary Clinic locations – New Braunfels, Lockhart, Luling, and Gonzales – received dental training from Dr. Brook Niemiec, who is board-certified in veterinary dentistry and a fellow of the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry.
The clinics split into two groups – two clinics in each group – and received training over the course of two weekends. Using materials written by Dr. Niemiec, each group spent a hot summer Saturday learning more about oral pathology, periodontal disease, periodontal therapy, radiology, extractions, and radiology interpretations. The next day, the staff participated in wet labs, including nerve blocks, radiology, periodontics, and surgery.
Dental disease, the No. 1 health problem diagnosed in dogs and cats, can have devastating consequences – much more severe than bad breath. Improper dental care can affect the heart, liver, or kidneys. Your dog or cat should have at least one dental exam per year, during which a Chisholm Trail Veterinary Clinic veterinarian can evaluate your pet’s tooth and gum health and give recommendations, such as a dental cleaning and radiographs to look for subgingival disease.