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River Otter Gets A Root Canal
January 10, 2024

One of Northwest Trek Wildlife Park’s resident river otters, Blakely, recently had a dentist appointment to fix a fractured tooth.

Blakely traveled with Northwest Trek’s head veterinarian, Dr. Allison Case, to sister zoo Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium’s healthcare hospital for the exam. Typically, Blakely would be treated at Northwest Trek, but the dentist was already at Point Defiance Zoo treating a tiger for a similar dental issue.

Dr. Alice Sievers, a board-certified veterinary dentist and one of only 250 veterinary dental specialists in the world, volunteered her time with veterinary assistant Sharon Ghormley and veterinary technician Taylor Parker, all from Vancouver-based Pet Dental Specialists, a clinic primarily focused on treating dogs and cats with dental issues.

After taking radiographs and determining the best plan of action, Dr. Sievers gave Blakely a root canal.

The zoo’s non-profit partner, The Zoo Society, donated the X-ray machine to the healthcare hospital.

Meanwhile, Northwest Trek and Point Defiance Zoo’s associate veterinarian, Dr. Cassidy Soehnlein, and the zoo’s veterinary technician Sara led a full physical checkup on Blakely.