MINNEAPOLIS – In June, dentists from BluePearl Veterinary Partners are scheduled to participate in the third annual American Veterinary Dental College Service Dog Oral Healthcare Exam program.
Free oral healthcare examinations will be provided by BluePearl’s board-certified dentists for guide dogs, handicapped assistance dogs, working dogs, military dogs and search and rescue dogs.
To ensure America’s service dogs are able to perform at peak efficiency, dentists will examine the dogs to look for signs of periodontal disease, fractured teeth, discolored teeth, oral masses and other oral and dental diseases that can cause pain or discomfort. If oral or dental abnormalities are found, a plan will be provided to the owner to determine if they would like to proceed with treatment.
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 June 15, at the AVDC website: AVDC.org. Once registered, owners or handlers will receive a registration number and a list of participating veterinary dentists in their area whom they can contact to schedule an appointment. Times may vary and appointments are provided on a first-come, first-served basis.
Dr. Donnell Hansen, a board certified specialist in veterinary dentistry with BluePearl, will be participating in the program at BluePearl Veterinary Partners referral hospitals located at 11850 Aberdeen St. NE, in Blaine on June 13, and at 7717 Flying Cloud Dr., in Eden Prairie on June 20.
If oral or dental abnormalities are found, a plan will be provided to the owner to determine if they would like to proceed with treatment, with approval from their primary care veterinarian.
About BluePearl Veterinary Partners
BluePearl Veterinary Partners employs more than 1,700 people including more than 450 veterinarians. BluePearl hospitals offer referral-only, specialty care services and most offer 24-hour emergency care. BluePearl does not provide primary care. The company is one of the world’s principal providers of approved veterinary residency and internship programs. BluePearl also participates in clinical trials that investigate the effectiveness of new veterinary drugs and treatments, providing pet families access to cutting-edge medicine that is not yet commercially available. BluePearl is headquartered in Tampa, Fla.