Just a few years ago, an adorable little terrier named Oso was adopted from the San Jose Animal Shelter in California. Less than a week ago, Oso was returned – this time was not to be such a happy event. The little guy’s owner requested the dog be euthanized because the little pooch had bad teeth and his breath had an offensive odor.
Tragically, the shelter staff were unable to even examine Oso because his mouth hurt so much. According to the Facebook page of Tails of A Shelter Vet, however dedicated veterinarians were not giving up on Oso. Under general anesthesia, they learned why Oso had been acting so aggressively. The poor little guy had severe dental disease; so bad in fact that his teeth had been “rotting out of his face.”
Oso had been in excruciating pain, and the team extracted 21 teeth – no that is not a typo – only one tooth in the dog’s mouth could be saved! And then Oso’s life completely changed the next morning; as he awakened from a good rest, the staff was able to touch his face as well as touch his mouth. For once – probably not in a very long time the poor little guy could remember, he was finally able to eat and not be in any pain.
Oso’s owner asked for his dog to be returned. The staff at Animal Control, however were not confident that Oso’s previous owner would care for him properly, and so the little guy, now with the “sweet breath” and a happy disposition, has been adopted by a family who will provide him with excellent care and lots of love.
Please be reminded that dogs, just like people, need dental care. According to WebMD, more than 80% of dogs over three years old have periodontal disease. Gum disease is usually the biggest dental problem a dog faces, but it’s not the only problem. Some dogs, most notably larger breeds, are also prone to broken or fractured teeth. All of this can add up to a mouth in great pain. Make sure to check with your veterinarian for your dog’s dental health.
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(Photos: Tales of A Shelter Vet Facebook)