Flyer Takes a Bite Out of a Missing Piece

Posted by on July 15, 2011

Vet tech students help humane society educate animal owners with a pet dental flyer


Preventive dentistry for pets is often overlooked by owners because of limited access to free educational material. Nonprofit humane societies have limited financial resources to develop such materials.

Vet tech students in Dr. Beth Coon’s Application of Veterinary Clinical Skills class at Minnesota School of Business-Rochester helped fill this void. Students researched and created a pet dentistry flyer for new and current owners of adopted animals at Prairie’s Edge Humane Society in Faribault, Minnesota.

The two-page flyer outlines steps to assist pet owners in three different but mutually supportive ways to manage animal preventive dentistry. The more in-depth second page provides a step-by-step guide on how to identify dental problem signs, which could include halitosis (bad breath), redness, swelling and/or bleeding of the gums, pain, and yellow-brown tartar on the teeth.

According to student Danielle Leek, the project was a valuable learning experience.

“We learned how to effectively communicate client education and it helped us increase our knowledge of animal dental care,” she said.

The flyer is available at the humane society and is free to the public. It serves as a straightforward, useful guide with easy steps to follow, which will help pet owners avoid costly dental surgeries.

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