Our goal at Veterinary Dental Specialties & Oral Surgery in working with numerous Shelters and Humane Societies is to make shelter pets happier and healthier as well as more adoptable.
Dental and oral disease is by far the most common medical problem in dogs and cats. Dental disease is not only painful, it is also a source of both local and systemic infection, meaning proper therapy has a significant positive affect on the quality of life. In addition, proper dental care for animals requires anesthesia and is often extensive which is why the associated costs are generally expensive. It is unrealistic for most potential adopters to take on a large health care investment when adopting a new pet. This makes shelter animals with dental disease significantly less adoptable, which means that these pets tend to have long shelter stays and/or require placement with rescue groups instead of an adoptive family.
Another complicating factor is that the majority of veterinarians and technicians have minimal training in veterinary dentistry, which limits the number of procedures per day, backing up the rate of adoptions. We practice only dentistry and as such are more time efficient, have fewer complications, and utilize less invasive surgical techniques. In addition, our advanced equipment and techniques allow us to save functional teeth minimizing surgical & post-operative pain and complications.