July 2014 Issue

Shelters’ New Challenge: Dentistry

They’ve begun providing dental care to encourage adoptions and reduce pain, returns and euthanasia

If you visit an animal shelter to adopt a cat, you may be surprised to learn that some animals have received dental treatment. In a new and growing movement among shelters, veterinarians and supervised technicians are cleaning teeth, extracting fractured ones and treating inflammation of the gums to boost cats’ chances of winning permanent homes.

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