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Local Vets Discuss Importance of Pet Dentistry


Aired 4/19/09

Maureen Cavanaugh: When you think of dentists, you may think of cavities and drills and that little pain you keep getting when you drink something hot. But you don't often think about your pet. Now, it will come as no surprise to most pet owners that cats and dogs have teeth too, but since they don't complain about their teeth, we just think they're OK.

Until, they get a real problem like an absess, or a broken tooth, or until the situation gets so bad they don't want to eat or play. By that time, your animal friend could be in serious trouble, and it all started with a dental problem.


  • Dr. Katy Allen, local veterinarian at High Valley Veterinary Hospital, and owner of Canterbury Tails Veterinary Services.
  • Dr. Brook Niemiec, is a board certified specialist in veterinary dentistry with Southern California Veterinary Dental Specialities, and a fellow in the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry.

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