This June, service dogs across the nation can benefit from getting free dental exams from UW Veterinary Care. This is the second year that the American Veterinary Dental College (AVDC) hosts its Service Dog Oral Healthcare Exam program.
During June, service pets such as search and rescue dogs, guide dogs, disability assistance dogs, working and military dogs and others will be eligible to receive this no-cost dental examination.
The services provided include only exams to detect fractured or discolored teeth, oral masses, periodontal disease and other oral and dental diseases. The month-long program will not provide complimentary treatment, but participating dentists will offer treatment plans for service dogs found to have oral or dental abnormalities.
Chris Snyder and Jason Soukup, veterinary dental specialists and diplomats of AVDC, will be participating in this program, teaching service dog owners the importance of preventative oral health care.
“Our dental and oral surgery team has treated service dogs in the past, and we’re well aware that oral pain can prevent these dogs from working effectively,” said Snyder. “This program aims to ensure that service dogs across the country are able to do their important work at peak efficiency, and we’re pleased to be a part of it.”
If you are the owner or handler of a service dog, and would like your pet to receive a free dental exam you can register online. You must proof that your pet has been certified through a formal training program or is enrolled in one. Registration is open between May 1 and June 15. After registering, you will receive a registration number. This will be required when scheduling an appointment with UW Veterinary Care. Please note that these appointments will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.