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Complimentary Oral Examinations for Service Dogs Offered in June at UC Davis

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UC Davis will offer complimentary oral examinations in June to qualified service dogs.

May 27, 2014 - The third annual American Veterinary Dental College (AVDC) Service Dog Oral Healthcare Exam program will be held in June 2014. This national event honors dogs who selflessly serve the public – guide dogs, handicapped assistance dogs, working and military dogs, and search and rescue dogs.

The UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital’s Dentistry & Oral Surgery Service (DOSS) is proud to participate in the program, and will offer complimentary oral healthcare examinations on June 5, 18 and 25. 
DOSS clinicians 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 clinicians 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 phone to schedule an appointment. Appointments are provided on a first-come, first-served basis.
To schedule an appointment please phone DOSS Service Coordinator, Erica Becerra (530) 752-2470.