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Veterinary Dentistry Specialists expands with new clinic
Veterinary Dentistry Specialists (VDS) has opened a third location to serve patients in the Katy, Texas area.
VDS was founded by Carlos Rice, DVM, DAVDC, and first opened in Mount Laurel, New Jersey, in 2018. The second location opened in 2020, in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania.
Rice has opened the Katy location with business partner Chanda Miles, DVM, DAVDC, who will serve as the site’s director of dentistry and oral surgery.
“I look forward to helping the loving pet families in the region and partnering with the local veterinary community,” Miles said in a company press release.
Miles earned her veterinary degree from St. George’s University School of Veterinary Medicine and completed a dentistry and oral surgery residency and a surgical fellowship at the University of Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. She became a diplomat of the American Veterinary Dental College in 2013, then led the dentistry and oral surgery service at a large veterinary specialty hospital in the Houston area, according to VDS.
Miles noted in the company press release that her veterinary dentistry expertise includes root canals, restorations, extractions, periodontics, jaw fracture repair, crowns, orthodontics, feline oral medicine, early or rare disease detection, and oral cancer care, among other services.
VDS is one of only a few dentistry practices in the nation, where a board-certified veterinary dentist and a board-certified veterinary anesthesiologist work together with each patient to ensure that best practices are applied, according to the company. This unique combination of expertise, along with 5-star service, provides the safest, most comfortable, and best possible outcomes.
Although oral health diseases are prevalent in most pets, there are only approximately 189 active board-certified veterinary dentists and 290 board-certified veterinary anesthesiologists in the United States, according to VDS.
Symptoms of pet oral problems that may indicate treatment is needed include:
- Bad breath
- Buildup of tartar
- Eating difficulties
- Excessive salivation
- Facial swelling
- Head shyness
- Loose or broken teeth
- Lumps or bumps in their mouth
- Swollen/irritated gums
“One of the best ways to take care of your pet’s oral health is through routine home care, along with regular professional examinations and cleanings by your primary care veterinarian. However, there may come a time when your veterinarian recommends more advanced treatment,” said Miles, in a company press release.
VDS Katy accepts patients Monday–Thursday, 7:30 am–7:00 pm.
Veterinary Dentistry Specialists opens new clinic in Katy, Texas. News release. Veterinary Dentistry Specialists. January 25, 2022. Accessed February 4, 2022. [email]