02-23-11 Local dentist volunteers to help Police K-9
Boise, Feb 23, 2011 - Ruwa, the
four year old Boise Police Service Dog who lost a tooth while
apprehending a suspect last week is well on his way to recovery
thanks to a local dentist... a "people" dentist!
Yesterday, Ruwa received a root
canal and all the prep work needed to prepare him for a new
replacement ceramic tooth. Molds were taken of Ruwa's existing canine tooth and the
broken portion of his missing tooth to create the ceramic
replacement, which dentists say should last several years, even for
a hard working police dog.
The precision dentistry was done by
Dr Cynthia McKim of the Boise Center for Cosmetic Dentistry. Dr.
McKim is acquainted with the Boise Police Officer who is Ruwa's
handler. She heard about Ruwa's tooth injury and volunteered her
expertise. Dr. McKim consulted experts and researched veterinary
techniques prior to the procedure. The services of one of the
regions best cosmetic dentists turned out to be needed. The only
canine dental expert would not be available for several
"I am doing this complimentary. It's a
unique opportunity in my career and I am able to give back to the
organization that does so much for us all the time." said Cynthia
Tuesday, Dr. McKim and her staff
travelled to the Intermountain Pet Hospital in Meridian to do the
procedure, which took more than two hours to complete. During the
operation, Ruwa was under general
requiring a team of experts to monitor his progress, much like
complex surgery on a human.
Dr. McKim and attending veterinarians
say the procedure was a complete success. To help Ruwa recover,
vets had plenty of Ruwa's favorite snack - string cheese to help
him cheer him up.
Ruwa's new ceramic tooth should be ready
in two weeks.
"We certainly thank Dr. McKim, her
entire staff and the staff at Intermountain Pet Hospital. Ruwa is a
hero for apprehending a dangerous suspect and these folks are
heroes for coming to his aide," said Lt. Alan Cavener, supervisor
of the Boise Police Canine Unit.
"We are so fortunate to have people in
our community willing to share their talents and support these
amazing dogs and our police department. Ruwa will be back at work
keeping officers and citizens safe, and he'll be back at full
strength sooner thanks to the help of these generous, skilled
professionals. We're very, very appreciative of their time and
expertise." said Lt. Cavener.
About Ruwa:Ruwa is 4 year old, 88 pound
Belgium Malinois. Ruwa was born in Belgium and came to the U.S.
about two years ago. He has been a member of the Boise Police
department for just more than one year. Ruwa is a certified dual
purpose patrol/narcotics detection dog. He loves string cheese.
For more on the incident that left Ruwa
injured, log onto the Boise Police news release issued Feb. 15,
To learn more about the Boise Police
Canine Foundation, click here.