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29 октября 2020
An operation to provide a dental care to a zoo animal was held at base of the Don State Technical University. In the presence of the students of the veterinary faculty the chief doctor of the training veterinary center "Dentalvet" Anna Spirina carried out the sanation of the oral cavity of the coati (the Raccoon family).
The operation to the inhabitant of local Zoo, named Misha was carried out by the chief doctor of the training veterinary center, acting head of the "Veterinary dentistry and maxillofacial surgery" Department of DSTU, PhD in veterinary Sciences, Anna Spirina. Galina Dubravnaya, head of the dental office of the veterinary clinic acted as assistant. The 4th – year students of the faculty of bioengineering and veterinary medicine of DSTU acted as anesthetists.
The veterinarian performed a preventive examination under anesthesia, made an x-ray of the oral cavity and carried out a hygienic tooth cleaning. During the operation, Anna Spirina commented on her actions – she explained how to hold the animal and use the tools. The operation lasted 1 hour and 20 minutes.

-Misha has been eating poorly recently and has been inactive. The constant increased salivation led to lip inflammation. To help the animal, a comprehensive examination and appropriate treatment were needed, - commented Anna Spirina. - We carried out a standard sanitation of the oral cavity, made X-ray examinations for the presence of hidden pathologies of the dental system, found out the presence of dental calculus and gingivitis. As it turned out, part of the dental calculus broke off and injured the gum. In addition, a 7 mm branch in the area of the hard palate provoked inflammation, increased salivation and refusal to feed. We removed the foreign body, and dental calculus, and treated the mouth with antiseptics. The operation went without complications. I am grateful to the anesthesia team, because the work of any doctor depends on their professionalism.

According to the Dean of the Faculty of Bioengineering and Veterinary Medicine of the DSTU, Professor Alexey Ermakov, today veterinary dentists are in demand all over the world, this is one of the highest paid narrow specializations.

- Dental care is needed for all animals - from elephants to rodents. Inflammation of the oral cavity can become a source of infection for the whole body, the animal can develop gastrointestinal and skin diseases, and mental health is impaired. In addition, the teeth perform functions that we do not suspect, for example, the incisors hold the tongue, if it falls out, it begins to dry out and crack, - noted Alexey Ermakov. - Diseases of the oral cavity in animals can be manifested by the following signs - lack of appetite, pain while eating - the animal can squeal and spit out food. There can be bad breath, the presence of plaque and tartar, bleeding gums, lethargy and unnecessarily long sleep time. The animal will lose weight and it will not have the strength to restore the body.
Recall that the basic Department "Veterinary dentistry and maxillofacial surgery" was opened DSTU in the spring of 2020. The training of specialized specialists takes place in postgraduate studies, after receiving a basic diploma in veterinary medicine. The subject of veterinary dentistry is included in the educational program for 4-5 years studying in the specialty "Veterinary Medicine". The postgraduate training was led by Professor Aleksey Ermakov, within the framework of the specialty veterinary dentistry and maxillofacial surgery is conducted by Anna Spirina. The basic Department is located in Moscow and Rostov-on-Don.
Anna Spirina – chief doctor of the training veterinary center "Dentalvet", acting head of the Department "Veterinary dentistry and maxillofacial surgery", resident of the European higher school of veterinary dentistry and maxillofacial surgery, President of the National veterinary dental Union. Official representative of the Russian Association of veterinary practitioners in the European veterinary Association. She received special training in soft tissue surgery of the head, veterinary dentistry and maxillofacial pathologies.
The coati named Misha is an inhabitant of the Southern Bird Park "Malinki". Age – 5 years. Weight – 6 kg. Body length – 102 cm. Tail length – 67 cm. Height at the withers – 30 cm.