By three years of age, most dogs and cats have some level of periodontal disease. Not always apparent to pet owners, periodontal disease can cause oral pain, infection, inflammation, and other health problems, decreasing the quality of life for these pets. After a thorough and proper dental procedure, many pet owners report the emergence of a “whole new pet”—one who is happier, healthier, and more active.
Saint Francis Veterinary Center in Woolwich Township, New Jersey, is the 2019 AAHA-Accredited Practice of the Year. The staff of the practice surprised the founder, Mark Magazu, DVM, by applying for the award and keeping the nomination a secret until Connexity by AAHA in Indianapolis, Indiana. This article explores Magazu’s vision and the legacy he inspired, featuring interviews with two of his children, members of the staff, and a loyal client of more than 30 years.