NEW DATE! Webinar: Reducing Fear in Veterinary Dentistry — for Pets and Pet Parents

Fearful dog in woman's arms

Heidi Lobprise, DVM, Diplomate AVDC
Sponsored by Zoetis

Note: This webinar has been rescheduled to Wednesday, April 3, 2019, at 8 p.m. Eastern Time.

Periodontal disease is the most common infectious disease in dogs and cats, affecting 78 percent of dogs over 4 years of age and 73 percent of cats over 4 years of age.1-4 As veterinarians, we want to prevent and treat periodontal disease in our patients, but fear, anxiety, and stress (FAS) in pets as well as pet parents can get in the way.

In Reducing Fear in Veterinary Dentistry for Pets and Pet Parents, Heidi Lobprise, DVM, Diplomate AVDC, will show you how to apply the core concepts of Fear Free to make sure pets get the care they need. Her presentation will cover:

  • Applying Considerate Approach, Touch Gradient, and Gentle Control to the dental patient
  • Providing adequate sedation and pain management to reduce pain and FAS in dental patients
  • How to communicate with pet parents why their pet needs a dental and how to ensure it gets done
  • A review of dental techniques including probing, tooth extraction, and the decision tree for when these procedures are necessary

Join us for this free webinar on Wednesday, April 3, 2019, at 8 p.m. Eastern (U.S) Time.

Register here.

This program was reviewed and approved by the AAVSB RACE program for 1 hour of continuing education in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB RACE approval. Please contact the AAVSB RACE program at race@aavsb.org if you have any comments/concerns regarding this program’s validity or relevancy to the veterinary profession.

About the Presenter

Heidi Lobprise, DVM, Diplomate AVDC

Dr. Heidi Lobprise is a Veterinary Dentist who 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 1981. Concurrent to earning her undergraduate degree, she enrolled in Texas A&M University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 1979 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 and her significant other, Joe Kautz, a gunsmith, have a Greyhound named Blade and two cats named Ella and Spot. Dr. Lobprise’s daughter Holly, who is in her early twenties, teaches English in Shanghai, China. Dr. Lobprise’s interests include cycling, hiking, and reading.


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    1. 4. Gengler, W.; Dubielzig, R.; Ramer, J. Physical examination and radiographic analysis to detect dental and mandibular bone resorption in cats: a study of 81 cases from necropsy. J Vet Dentistry. 1995: 12 (3): 97-100.