In the early autumn 2019, the Ranua Wildlife Park’s dedicated staff suspected one or more of the resident female polar bear's teeth might be causing pain for the sow. Veterinary professionals from across the Nordic countries quickly assembled in Ranua to perform a unique dental treatment with the assistance of the Planmeca Group.
The Elmwood Park Zoo staff cares for over 300 animals, including Inka, the jaguar, whose dental procedure we covered in our earlier blog posts. Dr Michele Goodman, an Elmwood Park Zoo veterinarian, recruited veterinary dental specialist Dr John Lewis for Inka’s latest procedure. For a follow up on Inka’s recovery, we reached out to Dr Goodman.
Dr John Lewis is a board-certified veterinary dentist, specialising in dental and maxillofacial problems of dogs, cats, and the occasional zoo animal. Dr Lewis played a crucial role in the jaguar Inka’s oral surgery last autumn and used the Planmed Verity mobile cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) unit to diagnose the issue with Inka’s canine.
When you need detailed information about an animal’s mouth and skull, cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) imaging is the best way to see it all in only a few minutes. Planmeca Group offers the mobility and ease of accessibility of CBCT imaging for veterinary dentists for use on animals of all shapes and sizes - even a jaguar with a damaged canine tooth.