Veterinarians play tooth fairy to homeless pets - Dr. Marty Becker

Veterinarians play tooth fairy to homeless pets

Wednesday, Jan 28th, 2015 | By Dr. Marty Becker

A group of six San Diego veterinarians traveled to Best Friends Animal Society in Kanab, Utah, earlier this month to perform dental work on 32 dogs, 32 cats, one potbellied pig and one rabbit.

Their goal? To help improve the pets’ adoptability.

“It is unrealistic for most potential adopters to take on a large health care investment when adopting a new pet,” says board-certified dental specialist Brook A. Niemiec, DVM. “This makes shelter or sanctuary animals with dental disease significantly less adoptable, which means that these pets tend to have long shelter stays or require placement with rescue groups versus an adoptive family.”

Read more, including tips on how to find your pet if she goes missing, in this week’s Pet Connection!