World famous London dentist, Dr. Peter Kertesz (Zoodent International), recently visited Dartmoor Zoo to carry out dental work.
Along with support from Steve Philp (International Zoo Veterinary Group, IZVG), a dental nurse and staff here at the Zoo, Peter performed a series of procedures over two days on Jasiri (lion), Chincha (jaguar) and Bruno (gelada), ranging from general consults, cleanings and exams to extractions and root canals.
Just like humans, animals also suffer from dental issues including gum disease, broken teeth and tooth decay.
As a charity, providing terrific animal health care is one of our missions and a healthy mouth is key to the overall wellness of an animal.
Our keepers regularly carry out routine health checks on all of our residents here at the Zoo, and when a problem is spotted like a broken canine, we organise for the best treatment to be given. A general anaesthetic provides the perfect opportunity to get up close to our larger and more dangerous species and carry out diagnostic tests and treatment.
Benjamin Mee, CEO of Dartmoor Zoological Society (DZS), said: “These are the sorts of things that DZS does behind the scenes to look after the endangered animals in our care. Every ice cream and toy sold on site goes towards paying for these sorts of unseen activities.”
We’re pleased to confirm that all animals are recovering well after their treatments.
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