Tigers Need Dentists, Too

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A special team of dentists passed through the Wabash Valley to provide free services to patients in need of dental work, but not for your average patients.

Ceasar and Zoey were in desperate need of dentist, which sounds pretty normal… Except Ceaser and Zoey are a tiger and a puma.

Dr. Kris Bannon is a veterinary dentist who has been working with exotic animals for eight years. She says most of these animals have not been in the wild. They’ve been in enclosures where they get caught in fences, and playing with things they’re not supposed to.

Their teeth tend to get damaged because of this, and that damage causes them a lot of pain.

“They can’t just call 9-1-1 or take an Advil the way we would if they have dental problems and dental pain, so we want to help them and make them more comfortable so that they can function and live out their lives in comfort,” says Dr. Bannon.

Dr. Bannon and her team of dentists are from the Peter Emily International Veterinary Dental Foundation. The people working with this organization usually pay their own way to travel the country to perform these jobs.

The Exotic Feline Rescue Center located in Centerpoint housed these big cats where the operations took place.

Michelle Hall, the PR Coordinator at PEIVDF, says, “once an animal’s dental issues have been taken care of, the change can be unbelievable. A lot of owners or zoo keepers will say that it’s a completely different animal.”

Experts say the same idea applies to your pets at home.

It’s not so easy to pick up on dental issues your pet may be experiencing, so be sure to bring them to your vet for check ups.

The Exotic Feline Rescue Center housed these big cats where dentists

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