Dentistry for pets is an exciting new field in pet practice,
says Dr. J.R. "Bert" Dodd, clinical professor and veterinary
dentist in the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical
Sciences. The oral problems have been present for a long time;
however, they have gone undiagnosed because of inadequate dental
education on the part of veterinarians.
Dental disease is the No. 1 disease entity affecting adult pets.
In a study done by the American Veterinary Dental Society, more
than 80% of dogs and 70% of cats develop some degree of periodontal
disease by the age of three years. This could include gingivitis,
periodontal disease, malocclusions, fractured teeth, oral tumors or
painful cavity-like lesions. Fortunately, today most of these
conditions are treatable.
The Small Animal Pet Dentistry Service is now offering full-time
dental services for dogs and cats. Dodd offers routine cleanings as
well as oral surgery, periodontal evaluation and treatment,
endodontic therapy, restorations, orthodontics, oral evaluations
and digital radiology. He is also available to veterinarians for
dental consultations and as a resource regarding dental
Located in the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital's Department
of Small Animal Clinical Sciences, the dentistry service can be
contacted for appointment scheduling Monday-Friday at