Sunday, August 12, 2012

Pet owners spend big bucks on dental work to give dogs dazzling smiles

Australia – Pet owners are spending up big on orthodontic braces, cosmetic dental work, root canal fillings, polishes and mouth washes to give their pooches dazzling, no-gap smiles and “kissable breath”.

Veterinary surgeon Kevin Cruickshank said: “There is a big shift in how pet owners look after their pets. They want them to fit in with the family, and many are treated like children.”

Image-conscious owners wanted their pets to look good – and there is nothing fun about “doggy kisses” by an animal with severe gum disease, said Dr Cruickshank, who runs the Gold Coast Vet Surgery, which has a specialist dental suite.

“I have come across pet-owners who have braces put on their dogs because the teeth are crooked, or get teeth fixed for cosmetic reasons to avoid gaps. Full Article

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