Panel Discussion – Senior Dental Care – Periodontal Disease & Systemic Impact

Small Animals

Panel Discussion
Venue: On-Demand Panel Discussion
Contact Hours: 3 Hours
Course Language: English
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Panel Discussion Senior Dental Care Periodontal Disease & Systemic Impact (Recorded 3 June 2021)


Panelists:        Jerzy Gawor  DVM PhD, DAVDC, DEVDC, FAVDO - ARKA, Poland
                              Sheilah Robertson   BVMS (Hons), PhD, DACVAA, DECVAA, DACAW, DECAWBM (WSEL), MRCVS
                               - Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice, USA
                              Margie Scherk   DVM, DABVP (Feline Practice) - catsINK, Canada
Moderator:    Heidi Lobprise  DVM, DAVDC - Main Street Veterinary Hospital, USA


It has been shown that there is an increased incidence of oral and dental disease in older dogs and cats. While the impact of bacteremia during a procedure may be debated, the presence of a chronic inflammatory process has been shown to cause secondary systemic problems. Since general anesthesia is a necessity to treat these cases, concerns about patient health and stability often discourage practitioners from providing adequate care in older patients. When does the benefit outweigh the risks? When should we accept a higher level of risk? How can we minimize those risks? The international multidisciplinary panel consisting of a dentistry specialist, feline internist and anesthesiologist will debate the following points:

  • When is a dog or cat too old for an anesthetic dental procedure?
  • What level of anesthetic risk is reasonable for these procedures?
  • When would dental intervention make enough of a difference to take on risky patients?
  • When is the risk just too great to intervene?
  • What are the minimum 'requirements' for senior dental care? - Equipment (radiographs), monitoring, patient support etc.


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    Sheilah Robertson
    BVMS (Hons), PhD, Dipl.ACVAA, Dipl.ECVAA, Dipl.ACAW, Dipl.ECAWBM (WSEL), MRCVS

    United States

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    Dr. Robertson grew up in Scotland and graduated from Glasgow University. Her career in veterinary medicine spans more than three decades and encompasses numerous roles including a general practitioner, surgery intern, anesthesia trainee, PhD student, clinician and teacher in university veterinary schools in the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States. Dr. Robertson has experience with high volume, high quality spay and neuter clinics and with community cat management. In 1999, she started a program to train first responders and K9 handlers to provide emergency care to working dogs. Nearly 20 years later, she is still active in this area.

    Dr. Robertson has held many prestigious positions. She served as a staff member of the animal welfare division at the AVMA. She was part of the AAFP and International Society of Feline Medicine Feline Friendly Nursing Guidelines committee. She has been a two-time member of the American Animal Hospital Association and American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) Pain Management Taskforce. Dr. Robertson also has served as the president of the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia. Dr. Robertson has published numerous peer reviewed papers related to anesthesia and analgesia in dogs, cats, horses and even iguanas. Additionally, she has edited two books on anesthesia and analgesia and written numerous book chapters. She has a special interest in sedation, anesthesia and analgesia of older pets and in helping them enjoy life to the fullest.

    Dr. Robertson joined Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice as the Senior Medical Director in 2017. In this role, she supports over 100 veterinarians by providing the latest information on pain management, geriatric and end of life care and presenting continuing education at national conferences and local veterinary medical association meetings.

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    Margie Scherk
    DVM, Dipl.ABVP (Feline Practice)


    Diplomate of the American Board of Vet Practitioners (Feline)
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    Dr. Margie Scherk is a private practitioner who founded the Cats Only Veterinary Clinic, in Vancouver, BC in 1986. She graduated from the University of Guelph in 1982 with a DVM from the Ontario Veterinary College. In 1995 she became board certified in the specialty of Feline Practice by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP). One of the things she is most proud of is her pioneering the use of the Transdermal Fentanyl Patch for the alleviation of pain in companion animals. She has collaborated and co-authored several other papers; she has written chapters for Ettinger and Feldman's Textbook of Veterinary Internal Medicine, numerous chapters in Little’s The Cat, Clinical Medicine and Management as well as chapters in several other texts.

    She has served on the Board of the American Association of Feline Practitioners and was 2007 President of the organization. She has the privilege of being on the AAFP Feline Vaccine Recommendations Panel since 1995. She has volunteered also on the ABVP exam committee and the CE committee and has served on the scientific advisory committee for the World Small Animal Veterinary Congress and been the editor of the WSAVA Proceedings for the Vancouver 2001 meeting. As a participant on the North American Veterinary Licensing Exam Committee (NAVLE), she interacts with top teachers and practitioners to create a fair way of assessing the competence of new graduates. She founded the Feline Internal Medicine folder on Veterinary Information Network (VIN), and through many opportunities on the online medium, has grown to love teaching veterinarians, vet students and veterinary care providers both online and around the world. She is the North American editor for the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery.

    In "real life", she shares her home with her husband Jim, misses her adult children, loves to cook, garden, and is allowed to serve three cats: Nimitz, Jules and Harvey.

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    Heidi Lobprise
    DVM, Dipl.AVDC

    United States

    American Specialist in Veterinary Dentistry
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    Dr. Heidi Lobprise is a Veterinary Dentist that has been a member of the Main Street Veterinary Hospital medical staff since April of 2010. Born in Gary, Indiana, she grew up in Orlando, Florida and then Richardson, Texas, where she graduated from Richardson High School.

    Dr. Lobprise says that she knew from age seven that she wanted to spend her life as a veterinarian simply because she has always loved animals. She began her journey toward her current career at Texas A&M University where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science in 198 and received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1983. Her areas of special professional focus include dentistry and senior care. She is also a Diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College (AVDC.) Dr. Lobprise is the author/co-author of several dental and senior care texts and has lectured internationally.

    She has served on a short-term mission trip to Mongolia through Christian Veterinary Missions and hopes to travel to other destinations. Dr. Lobprise and her ‘hubby-wubby', Joe Kautz, a gunsmith, have a Greyhound named Buddy and two cats named George and Spot. Dr. Lobprise’s daughter Holly, is a financial analyst currently in NYC but moving to South Africa.

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    Jerzy Gawor
    DVM, PhD, Dipl.AVDC, Dipl.EVDC, FAVD


    European & American Specialist in Veterinary Dentistry
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    Dr Jerzy Paweł Gawor (1966) graduated from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Academy of Agriculture in Wrocław Poland in April 1992. In 1993, he became a partner in the private practice “ARKA” in Kraków which achieved the status of Veterinary Clinic in 2004. He received his PhD in 1996 and became a specialist in Veterinary Surgery in 1997. Since January 2009 Fellow Academy of Veterinary Dentistry. In 2015 successfully completed requirements and became Diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College (AVDC) and European Veterinary Dental College (EVDC).

    Since the end on 90’s, he has regularly contributed to the promotion of small animal dental health and dentistry in post-graduate meetings and congresses. Lecturing in the Veterinary Faculty has been a part of a plan to implant Dentistry into the Polish veterinary medicine education program. From 2003 he has led the Pet Smile Campaign in Poland on behalf of the Dental Working group of the PSAVA. His main field of professional activity is dentistry, head and neck surgery and oncology. Several hundred advanced dentistry procedures a year have resulted in a wealth of skill and practical knowledge. Published and presented over 120 publications in veterinary dentistry. Currently, Dr Gawor acts as President of Federation of European Companion Animal Veterinary Associations. He is former President of Polish Small Animal Veterinary Association as well as President of European Veterinary Dental Society. His hobbies include reading, volley-ball and antique furniture. Married to a veterinarian, his family also consists of three children, three cats and a dog.

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