Practitioner Updates

Faculty Spotlight: William Krug, DVM, DAVDC

Dr. William Krug with a dog

Dr. Krug is a clinical assistant professor in dentistry.

Tell us about your background.

I was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. I attended the U.S. Naval Academy for my undergraduate degree. After serving in the fleet, I went to The Ohio State University for veterinary school. I completed a ro­tating internship and subsequently came to the University of Illinois to complete a residency in dentistry and oral surgery.

I started the first dentistry service at N.C. State University, and then worked in pri­vate practice in Chicago for ten years.

I’m happy to be back in C-U and humbled by the caliber of people I’m working with and teaching.

What drew you to dentistry?

A dental problem with my own dog taught me how animals will soldier through some awful pain without letting us know. When she was treat­ed, I met the dentistry instructor at Ohio State. I realized that the field was underserved and that dental care could dramatically improve the quality of life for our friends.

Tell us about a favorite case of yours.

It’s more like a favorite kind of case, and it happens frequently. It’s usu­ally an older, small breed dog, although it happens with cats and large dogs as well: After a procedure to treat established dental disease, the client soon reports that their pet is “acting like a puppy/kitten again” or “like a new dog.”

These cases reaffirm that we are making a big difference for these animals. The clients, who were often horrified and reluctant to proceed since I expected the need to extract a lot of teeth, sometimes cry or hug me out of gratitude. Hearing that their pet is doing better is enough for me, however.

What are your special interests?

I’m a dog person (allergic to cats, unfortu­nately), and I love my pit bull breeds. I have trouble passing them up if I meet one in the hospital or out on a walk. (Apologies to all the owners I’ve ignored).

I also like cars and appreciate the engi­neering and qualities of pretty much all models. I enjoy working on them, although I usually need to take it to someone who knows how to do the job correctly. There are also very, very few things that I don’t like to eat, and I’m always up to try some­thing new.