Veterinary dentists will train SPCA to treat pets

Published: Jan. 12, 2018 at 3:22 AM PST
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Apache the rescue cat and Oma the rescue dog have so many things in common. They both are loving, gentle rescue pets who have the gentlest dispositions and were desperate for a second chance at finding loving homes through adoption. They both also lived in a lot of pain from years of dental neglect prior to their rescue, leading to decay and the necessity of extractions. Their teeth were yellow, their gums black, and their breath was horrible, which some veterinarians say make those rescue pets almost unadoptable.

“Animals with periodontal disease are extremely difficult to place for adoption”, according to Veterinarian Dr. Jamie Anderson, who is a member trustee of the Foundation for Veterinary Dentistry.

Unfortunately both Apache and Oma had to wait months, living in pain, in order to get the dental extractions they needed before finding homes through adoption with the SPCA of Northern Nevada. Their extractions cost thousands of dollars and took months to arrange, but the SPCA is very pleased to announce that because of an amazing grant through the Foundation for Veterinary Dentistry Trustees, our rescue pets will never again have to go through that.

The Foundation for Veterinary Dentistry Trustees is donating dental equipment and training, which will allow the SPCA of Northern Nevada to treat dental issues in our rescue pets ourselves. This will save money, precious time, and will get adoptable rescue pets the pain-ending dental care they need, fast. It will not only allow the pets who are in pain to be treated more quickly, and thus get adopted more quickly, it will also save money that would have had to be used on much more expensive dental surgeries so that the SPCA can use that money to save the lives of more rescue pets!

The non-profit Foundation for Veterinary Dentistry is donating time, resources, equipment and expertise to train shelter veterinarians across the country with the goal of making the animals more adoptable.