Dental Trends

Predator patients.

September 14, 2016

Humans aren’t the only mammals that require dental treatment. Believe it or not, many animals in captivity see the dentist on a regular basis. Whether it’s just a routine checkup or a dental emergency, even apex predators need a visit from the dentist every once in a while.

Unlike humans, big cats like the ones featured in this video can’t exactly describe their symptoms. Diagnosis can be a challenge, which makes preventive care all the more important. A little-known niche in the dental industry, veterinary dentists travel from zoo to zoo in order to perform cleanings and checkups on some of the world’s most dangerous predators. And you thought you had challenging patients. Imagine having to sedate a patient to prevent them from mauling you.

For these unique mobile dentists, keeping track of their carnivorous patients across different treatment locations (aka zoos and animal parks) presents a challenge best solved with a cloud-based practice management system that allows them to access patient information anywhere, anytime. After all, they don’t want to confuse the lion scheduled for a cleaning with the tiger who needs a molar extract.