Features December 2014 Issue

Save Your Dog's Teeth with Home Care

Author and retired service dog trainer Debi Davis had both legs amputated due to vascular disease, and requires a wheelchair for mobility. Her service dogs are a huge help to her but the potential of her newest dog in training was recently in jeopardy due to problem with his teeth.

Save Your Dog's Teeth with Home Care

Her service dog was at risk of losing 17 teeth. She went to work, and saved all but one.

Cooper, my service-dog-in-training, trotted briskly at the side of my power wheelchair as we headed to the veterinary clinic, a mile from home. He was overdue for a routine dental cleaning, and my regular veterinary clinic was not within rolling distance. I decided to take a chance on a new vet, since it was just a standard dental cleaning. I dropped him off and rolled back home, relieved that I was finally able to afford the procedure.

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