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 opened in Mount Laurel, New Jersey, in 2018. The second location opened in 2020, in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania.
Rice opened Katy’s site with business partner Chanda Miles, DVM, DAVDC, who will act as the site’s director of dentistry and oral surgery.
“I look forward to helping the loving pet families in the area and partnering with the local veterinary community,” Miles said in a company press release.
Miles received his veterinary degree from St. George’s University School of Veterinary Medicine and completed a residency in dentistry and oral surgery and a surgical fellowship at the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital of University of Wisconsin. She became a graduate of the American Veterinary Dental College in 2013, then headed the dentistry and oral surgery department at a large Houston-area veterinary specialty hospital, according to VDS.
Miles noted in the company’s press release that his expertise in veterinary dentistry 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 the few dental practices in the country where a board-certified veterinary dentist and a board-certified veterinary anesthetist work with each patient to ensure best practices are followed, according to the company. This unique combination of expertise, coupled with 5-star service, delivers the safest, most comfortable and best results possible.
Although oral diseases are common in most pets, there are only about 189 active board-certified veterinary dentists and 290 board-certified veterinary anesthesiologists in the United States, according to VDS.
Symptoms of pet dental problems that may indicate that treatment is needed include:
- bad breath
- Tartar buildup
- Food difficulties
- Excessive salivation
- facial swelling
- shy head
- Loose or broken teeth
- Lumps or bumps in the mouth
- Swollen/irritated gums
“One of the best ways to take care of your pet’s oral health is through routine home care, as well as regular professional exams and cleanings by your primary care veterinarian. However, sometimes a time when your veterinarian recommends more advanced treatment,” Miles said, in a company press release.
VDS Katy accepts patients Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Veterinary Dentistry Specialists is opening a new clinic in Katy, Texas. Press release. Specialists in veterinary dentistry. January 25, 2022. Accessed February 4, 2022. [email]