Thanks to a group of veterinarians led by board-certified veterinary dental specialist Dr. Brook A. Niemiec, DVM, DAVDC of Veterinary Dental Specialties & Oral Surgery, dogs and cats from Best Friends Animal Society sanctuary in Utah received important dental care that not only relieves painful dental conditions, but also greatly improves an animals chance of being adopted.
“To me, one of the most exciting recent veterinary medical developments is that untreated dental disease is now truly considered an animal welfare issue,” says Dr. Niemiec. “Untreated dental disease negatively affects quality of life. So we look forward to our visits to Best Friends where we can help rescued dogs and cats.”
On the 2017 trip, the team extracted 569 teeth, performed 3 root canals, along with various other dental procedures on the 38 animals they treated.
According to Dr. Susan Konecny, Best Friends Animal Society’s medical director, “There is no way to exaggerate how important this dental care is both for the animals and the medical team at Best Friends. So many of our animals come in with extreme dental issues and it directly impacts their overall health and mental attitude. When Dr. Brook and his team lend their talents and their hearts this way, we can get many dental procedures done in a very short time — it frees up our medical team to attend to other medical issues for the animals at the sanctuary, and it is a huge boost in getting our sanctuary dogs and cats ready for adoption.”
This is the third year Dr. Niemiec and his team have traveled to Utah for the pet dental mission. Watch a past video that shows the team in action!