CLAY COUNTY, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – Big cats at the Exotic Feline Rescue Center received dental care on Sunday.

Members of the Peter Emily International Veterinary Dental Foundation and the University of Illinois Anesthesia Team conducted the dental procedures.

These groups visit the facility to conduct dental care twice a year with this being their first visit in 2022.

Similar to humans, big cats need routine dental care. Former Peter Emily Foundation President Ed Eisner said that this is important for longevity of the cats.

“An abscess tooth with an animal as with a person is very stressful,” Eisner said. “Stress shortens longevity and it affects the whole welfare of the body.”

After a lengthy closure due to COVID-19 concerns, The Exotic Feline Rescue Center is now fully open.