AN ANESTHESIA-FREE PIONEER ADDS A NEW DIMENSION TO DENTAL CARE FOR DOGS AND CATS.
Dental care is vital to good oral health in dogs and cats — but very few actually get it. Some surveys estimate that less than 10% of animals with periodontal disease receive the treatment they need.1 For reasons that include expense, fear of anesthesia risk, and lack of education, a large population of dogs and cats remain untreated for this progressive disease.
Ken Kurtz (pictured above) believes that regular dental maintenance is important not just for oral health, but to the overall well being and longevity of our companion animals. He also understands that traditional veterinary dental procedures present obstacles for many people and prevent them from maintaining consistent care. So in 1992, Ken set out to develop an alternative to traditional anesthetic dentals. “By combining traditional dentistry methods with my own specialized techniques, I found that I could perform a full dental cleaning, effectively and safely, without anesthesia,” he says.
With the help of a handful of local veterinarians, Ken began offering his anesthesia-free treatment at their clinics. The response was immediate and positive, and Animal Dental Care was born. Today, the company offers its Preventative Dental Cleaning and Assessment (PDCA) service in over 300 animal hospitals.
“I see PDCA as part of the total veterinary dental solution,” says Ken. “We’re not trying to replace traditional dentals. We’re offering a safe and effective form of care that has more appeal for a significant percentage of people with dogs and cats. Whatever their reasons for avoiding anesthetic dental treatment, those people now have an option other than no treatment at all.”
Like any complex procedure, however, the results of an anesthesia-free treatment depend on the skills of the person performing it. This is where Animal Dental Care sets itself apart, claims veterinarian Dr. Michael Borin. “Through intensive training, ongoing education, and constant review, we field the most highly-skilled practitioners. And our dedication to working cooperatively with veterinarians ensures that animals get the best treatment possible.”
Asked about Animal Dental Care’s long-term goals, Ken responds, “Over 80% of adult dogs and cats have dental disease. By filling the gap between home brushing and full anesthetic dental treatments, and by educating people about the importance of a comprehensive approach to dental health, we want to reduce that percentage. The end goal? Healthier, happier animals for everyone!”