PONTE VEDRA, Fla. -- To honor dogs who selflessly serve the public, two local veterinary offices will be offering free oral healthcare exams to service dogs during the month of August.
The American Veterinary Dental College has declared August 2012 to be the inaugural Service Dog Oral Healthcare Exam month. The event honors guide dogs, service dogs, working and military dogs and search and rescue dogs by offering complimentary oral healthcare examinations by AVDS veterinary dental specialists.
The dental specialists 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 program, if a specialist finds an abnormality, a treatment plan will be laid out that the owner can pursue at a later time.
The specialists will also teach service dog owners and handlers the benefits of preventative oral health care.
Owners and handlers of service animals who have been certified from a formal training program, or are enrolled in a training program, may register online between now and August 15 at the AVDC website. Once a person has registered, owners or agents will receive a registration number and a list of participatory veterinary dentists in their area.
For First Coast service dogs, two dates at two different veterinary offices are being offered.
On August 3 in Ponte Vedra at the Mesa Veterinary Clinic, dental specialists will be seeing service dogs beginning at 1:30 p.m. The clinic is located at 110 Marketside Ave. Unit 203.
On August 15 at Affiliated Veterinary Specialists in Jacksonville, service dogs will be seen. The address for the vet's office is 3444 Southside Blvd. The time for the Jacksonville date is also 1:30 p.m.
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