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Dr. Robson Helps Treat Big Cats Video 1

Dr. Robson Helps Treat Big Cats Video 2

Dr. Robson was honored to be invited by the Peter Emily International Veterinary Dental Foundation (PEIVDF) to participate in the dental treatment of 4 big cats at the Carolina Tiger Rescue in Pittsboro, N.C. in July. It was a privilege to be able to work alongside the dentists and staff of this charitable foundation and help with the delivery of the cats much needed dental care. Dr. Robson was pleased to join volunteer veterinary dentists and human dentists for this mission from Nevada, Virginia, Texas and Colorado. It’s was a GREAT day to save a tiger’s teeth!

Here is a news story about this exciting event and below are details about the surgeries performed.








The day’s first patient was a 475-lb. 16 year old male lion named “Sebastian” who will go home with root canal therapy on three canine teeth and an extraction of an upper 4th premolar. Wow! His mouth will sure feel better soon! How about that paw!

Dr. Brian Hewitt and Dr. Tina Brandon, assisted by Dr. Kerry Robson, work on the second patient, “Tio”, a 16-year-old male Bengal Tiger. “Tio” had root canal therapy on 3 teeth completed and then final restorations placed. A little instruction on home care and the proper use of floss and tooth brushing techniques and “Tio” was on his way back to his compound……

The team is seen finishing up the last of three root canals on “Tio”. He will need more dental work, but it will have to wait until next time. For safety concerns veterinary anesthesiologists try to keep the general anesthesia for these big exotic cats no more than 2 to 2 1/2 hours. Only as much dentistry as can be safely delivered in that timeframe is performed.

“Shenandoah”, a 15 year old female Bengal Tiger, was our first patient Sunday morning. In order to keep the anesthesia time to a minimum, Drs. Charlie Dyer, Tina Brandon and Barron Hall simultaneously performed root canal therapy on 3 teeth on “Shenandoah.” Once completed Dr. Tina Brandon assisted Dr. Kerry Robson in the completion of the final restoration of the 3 teeth. The team worked together like a well-oiled machine!

Last patient of the mission was “Saber” an 8-year-old White Bengal Tiger whose four canine teeth were shortened before he was 6-months old. Veterinary dentists (DVM) and human dentists (DDS) completed multiple root canal therapy on “Saber’s” 4 canine teeth. Once the root canal therapy was finished Dr. Robson completed the final teeth restorations. “Saber” was formerly used as a money-maker in the entertainment industry.



The mission of PEIVDF is to provide advanced veterinary dental services for the benefit of captive exotic animals located in facilities in the US and abroad through an increase in the provision of advanced veterinary dental services and veterinary dental education.

PEIVDF began conducting Missions in October 2008, first as a private foundation, now as a public 501(c)(3) charity. In just the first 10 years, this small charity had:

  • Treated 432 animals at 21 different sanctuaries during 80 missions:
    • lions, tigers, leopards, cougars, jaguars, bears, wolves, hippos, chimpanzees, baboons, and ferrets, to name a few species
  • Performed 617 Root Canal Therapies, 367 Extractions, and 261 other oral procedures

This may seem like a lot of animals and a lot of procedures, but remember, there are more than 400 exotic animal sanctuaries and more than 200 zoos and aquariums in the US and Canada alone. That leaves a LOT of animals in need of dental work! Please help us continue our work by  donating to the Peter Emily Foundation directly today!