Dental health is equally important to animals and humans.
This week, the furry and crowded residents of the Miami-Dade Zoo and Gardens (also known as the Miami Zoo) went to the dentist.
During the dental week, various operations from cleaning to root canals were performed, and patients included lions, gorillas, chimpanzees, taps, aardvarks and otters.
The most common problem is the removal of accumulated dander and broken or broken teeth that must be repaired or removed.
For comfort and dentist safety, all animals were sedated.
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27-year-old gorilla Barney had a tooth removed during “dentist week” at the Miami Zoo
Zoo ambassador Ron Magill said, “We never wake the animals during the procedure.” The anesthesia team carefully monitors them and if they show any signs of awakening, they will be given additional anesthesia , In order to keep it completely calm.
Since animals usually do not complain of tooth pain, veterinarians usually call it “silent pain.”
By the time anything is discovered, the disease or infection may continue to a debilitating or even fatal level.
During the regular health check-ups, general dental examinations were performed on the animals.
Kashifa, a 10-year-old lioness, was sedated before pulling out her teeth. Zoo ambassador Ron Magill said: “We have never awakened animals during surgery.”
Sedation lasts about three to eight hours, and the dose depends on the size and age of the animal
If a problem is diagnosed, the zoo’s veterinarian will resolve it on its own or recruit a veterinarian based on its severity.
McGill said: “Dental health is a key component of the Miami Zoo’s Department of Animal Health’s preventive medicine program.” Problems ranging from gum disease to broken teeth can lead to intensive care problems, which can lead to serious infections, even without treatment. May cause death.
Veterinary dentist Jamie Berning and her veterinary technician Jill Bates traveled from Columbus, Ohio to Miami to perform operations on various animals
The most common problem is the removal of accumulated dander and cracked or broken teeth that must be repaired or removed
This week, veterinary dentist Jamie Burning and her veterinary technician Gil Bates travelled from Columbus, Ohio to Miami to perform operations on various animals.
The 27-year-old gorilla Barney, the 26-year-old chimpanzee Hondo, and the 10-year-old lioness Kashifa all have to have their teeth removed.
The process took 2 to 7 hours and was scattered for three days.
Sedation lasts about three to eight hours, and the dosage depends on the size and age of the animal.
Dr. Berning can treat two to three animals a day.
The 26-year-old chimpanzee Honda (Hondo) must also have a tooth removed
Dr. Berning raised the tooth she removed from Hondo
According to Magill, all patients have returned to their habitat and “will definitely be more comfortable after receiving special care.”
The Miami-Dade Zoo and Gardens first opened in 1948 and is the largest zoo in Florida.
It is the only subtropical zoo on the continental United States, with more than 3,000 animals on nearly 750 acres of land.
Earlier this month, an elephant at the Miami Zoo received much-needed medical care.
An otter undergoes a dental checkup during Dental Week at the Miami Zoo.Other patients include a and aardvark
Doctors at the zoo examined Ongard, a 10-year-old Asian elephant, who injured his ivory while exploring the habitat.
Ivory is actually an elongated front tooth.
According to WSVN News 7, Ungarde “voluntarily” requested his ivory to be checked out and was “very cooperative” during the operation.
He arrived at the zoo in 2018 from a zoo in Melbourne, Australia.