“This (seminar) is the opportunity to talk to the experts, to steer them (pet owners) in the right direction,” she said.
Sometimes people look on the Internet for advice about pet care, she said, and she urged caution about that.
She said to use .edu or FDA websites and to stay away from “Dr. Google,” as she refers to the Internet because a lot of the information can be false.
Mark Webster, owner of six cats and one dog, said he got a lot out of the presentation at Palmer Vet, including how dental health can affect other organs.
“If it can happen in people, it can happen in animals,” he said.
Maureen Triller, who runs a sheep farm in Champlain, said Dr. McCarter has even given her advice on alpaca dental health.
Triller said she learned a lot about cat health and plans to take action at home. Furthermore, she said she would spread the word around to other pet owners.
“The more people that know, the better health for all the pets.”
Through February, Palmer Vet has offered free dental exams by its technicians, and reduced rates for cleanings that will be extended through March if scheduling isn’t available before the month’s end.
Katie, who is 7, was a little groggy but awake before her audience left; she enjoyed meeting the people who had watched her teeth get cleaned.
“She’s just such a happy girl,” said her owner, Laurie Kimbler, a technician at the vet clinic.
As well, she said, laughing, “she’s a Lab, so she tried to grab a sandwich off the table.”
For more information, call Palmer Vet at 561-1893.
— News Editor Suzanne Moore contributed to this report.