Did you know
… that dental disease is one of the most overlooked disease in pets. The disease can travel through the bloodstream if it is left untreated. This causes many potentially fatal problems, including heart, liver, and kidney disease.
The worst part of dental disease is the prevalence of the disease. It is estimated that around 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats over three years old have some form of the disease. Even when pets are extremely well taken care of, the number of those suffering from dental disease is astonishing.
Common signs of dental disease:
- Discolored teeth
- Bad breath
- Difficulty eating
- Blood in the mouth
You need to schedule an examination as soon as possible if you notice any of these signs.
What You Can Do To Prevent Dental Disease In Your Pet
We believe that the disease is so prevalent because many owners don’t understand the importance of good dental health.
Key steps to protecting your pet’s dental health:
- Brush your pet’s teeth
- Dental Chews
- Routine examinations
Schedule An Appointment Today
What Happens During a Dental Exam?
Your pet’s veterinarian will look inside your pet’s mouth to try to catch any disease early. They are also there to give owners advice on the best way to care for their pet’s teeth.
Your pet’s Overland Park veterinarian may recommend a professional dental cleaning under anesthesia. We clean your pet’s teeth like your dentist cleans yours. Since your pet is under anesthesia, we can even get underneath the gums and in other hard to reach places.
It is important to maintain teeth brushing and dental chews to keep dental disease from coming back after a professional cleaning.
Feel free to contact us today at (913) 897-2080 if you have any questions about your pet’s dental health or the services that we offer.
For more than three decades, Stanley Veterinary Clinic has made it their mission to keep family pets happy and healthy. We understand that your pet is member of your family and deserve nothing by the best. Our clinic strives to providing the finest veterinary care for your family.
Stanley Veterinary Clinic is accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association and equipped with the most up-to-date technology. We are a full-service hospital equipped with advanced equipment including: lasers for our surgical procedures, digital radiology, an ultrasound machine, and cold-laser therapy. With this, we are able to make sure that your pet is receiving the best care possible.
Stanley Veterinary Clinic accepts Visa, Discover, MasterCard, cash, and Care Credit. We highly recommend pet insurance, but we do not handle claims directly. Payment is required at checkout; owners must submit claims for reimbursement to their insurance company.
Meet Our Veterinarians
Les E. Pelfrey, DVM
Dr. Les E. Pelfrey is a general practitioner and the owner of Stanley Veterinary Clinic. He has been caring for pets at the hospital since 2002.
Dr. Pelfrey attended Kansas State University and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science and Industry in 1987. He went on to attend Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine and was awarded his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1991. Following veterinary school, he completed an internship at Parker Ranch in Hawaii.
Dr. Pelfrey particularly enjoys working on challenging medical cases involving the ears and skin. Surgery and advanced dentistry are also among his professional interests. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Animal Hospital Association, the Kansas City Veterinary Medical Association and the Kansas Veterinary Medical Association.
Married to Amy, Dr. Pelfrey is the proud father of four children, Paige, Adam, Abby and Brooke. The family also includes a Golden Retriever named Winston, a cat named Usher, and 25 Angus cows. When he’s not busy caring for pets at the hospital, Dr. Pelfrey enjoys a number of outdoor activities and spending time with his family.
Kenneth G. Huggins, DVM
Dr. Kenneth G. Huggins is the former owner of Stanley Veterinary Clinic. He has cared for pets at the hospital for nearly 40 years and continues to treat patients.
Dr. Huggins attended Kansas State University and majored in Arts and Sciences. He was accepted into Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine before completing his undergraduate degree. He was awarded his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1966 and was the recipient of the Small Animal Practitioner award while in school. Dr. Huggins completed internships at Kansas State University and Leawood Animal Hospital while in veterinary school.
He is an active member of numerous of professional organizations, including the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Animal Hospital Association, The International Sled Dog Veterinary Medical Association, the Kansas Veterinary Medical Association and the Kansas City Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. Huggins has published four research articles on xylazine in Modern Veterinary Practice.
Dr. Huggins and his wife, Carole, are the proud parents of three children and six grandchildren. The family also includes a German Shorthair Pointer named Tim, and two cats named Stella and Maxine. A member of the Blue Valley Optimist Club and the Presbyterian Church of Stanley, he enjoys hiking, fishing, scuba diving, bicycling and reading in his spare time.
Matthew G. Powers, DVM
Dr. Matthew Powers is a general practitioner who joined the veterinary staff at Stanley Veterinary Clinic in 2010.
Dr. Powers attended Kansas State University and graduated cum laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science and Industry in 2005. He attended Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine and received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in May 2009. While attending veterinary school, Dr. Powers received two prestigious awards: the Dr. Richard and Pam DeBowers Professional Leadership Award and the Dr. W.F. and H.R. Award for Proficiency in Small Animal Surgery. He also acted as the student/faculty affairs committee advisor. He was a research assistant to Greg Grauer, DVM, MS, DACVIM (IM) and presented a lecture on NSAIDs and kidney disease at the 69th Annual Kansas Veterinary Medicine Alumni Conference.
After graduation, Dr. Powers and his wife decided to move to North Carolina where he was part of a small animal practice for a year and a half. They then decided to move back to Overland Park to be near family. Dr. Powers was excited to find there was an open position at Stanley Veterinary Clinic where he had previously been a veterinary assistant for several years.
He has a special professional interest in veterinary surgery, and is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association.
He is married to Lindsey, a registered nurse, and they have a son named Parker and a daughter named Paxton. They share their home with two dogs and two cats: a Lab mix named Cooper, a Terrier mix named Memphis, a domestic longhaired cat named Maddux and a domestic shorthaired cat named Calvin.
Dr. Powers is active in his community, currently serving as a deacon at Southminster Presbyterian Church. When not at the Clinic, Dr. Powers can be found playing sports, including racquetball, softball and walleyball. He also loves hiking, and spends time on gardening and woodworking projects.
Allen Baldridge, DVM
Dr. Allen Baldridge is a general practitioner who joined the veterinary staff at Stanley Veterinary Clinic in 2012.
Dr. Baldridge attended Kansas State University and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science and Industry in 2003. While an undergrad Dr. Baldridge was a Phi Kappa Phi Scholastic Award recipient. He also was twice a member of the national champion poultry judging team and the individual national champion in the fall of 2002. He attended Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine and received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in May 2007. He has a special professional interest in veterinary surgery, and is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and Kansas Veterinary Medical Association.
He is married to Dr. Sarah Baldridge, and they have a little girl and little boy together, Juliana and Henry. They live on a 7 acre farm with a flock of laying chickens and a herd of fainting goats. They share their home with two heartworm-survivor dogs: a mastiff mix named Tucker, and an Australian retriever mix named Eddy. Their landlords are two domestic shorthaired cats named Milo and Espn.
Dr. Baldridge is currently serving as the President for the Miami County 4-H Foundation. When not at the Clinic, Dr. Baldridge can be found out at the lake camping, fishing, hunting or hiking. He also loves K-State sports and is usually wearing purple – especially on game day!
Bryan Kerling, DVM
Dr. Bryan Kerling is a general practitioner who joined the veterinary staff at Stanley Veterinary Clinic in 2014.
Dr. Kerling received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Kansas State University in 2009. Prior to attending Kansas State, Dr. Kerling received his Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Iowa State University in 2005.
Dr. Kerling is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association as well as the Kansas City Veterinary Medical Association. He has been practicing companion animal medicine in the Kansas City area since 2009. Dr. Kerling especially enjoys working with large and giant breed dogs.
Dr. Kerling has been married to his wife Beth since 2007. They have twin children, Charlotte and Quincy. They also have two dogs: Lily a 60lb mixed breed and Arugula, a Great Dane. In his free time, Dr. Kerling enjoys spending time with his family as well as numerous home improvement projects.
Hunter Like, DVM
Dr. Hunter Like is a general practitioner who joined the veterinary staff at Stanley Veterinary Clinic in June of 2018. Dr. Like grew up in the Overland Park area where he attended school in the Blue Valley School District. During this time, he enjoyed playing sports and developed his love for veterinary medicine. Dr. Like was granted early admittance into the Veterinary Medicine program at Kansas State, and he graduated with a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in May of 2018. The faculty at Kansas State awarded Dr. Like the Paul and Phyllis Curd Memorial Award for his understanding and knowledge of both medicine and surgery. His professional interests include medicine, surgery and pain control.
Dr. Like has a lab mix named Boomer that he rescued while he was in veterinary school. When he is not working he enjoys staying active and spending time with friends and family.
Dr. Pearson, DVM
Dr. Joi Pearson lives in Overland Park with her husband, two daughters, two dogs and a hedgehog. She graduated from Tuskegee University in 1996 and has been in the veterinary field for over 22 years. She has taught anatomy and physiology for the Maple Woods Veterinary Technician program for 2 years. She has strong interests in geriatric medicine and believes in her mother’s motto (humane geriatric specialist), “You are never too old to feel good.”