World on Wednesday | No. 01
April 6, 2011 § 5 Comments
Since we’re on the topic of canine oral health this week, we thought it would be timely to share with you the heart-wrenching story of Pudding and the ordeal he had to face after his owners neglected to care for his dental needs. Pudding’s story was published last week in The Vancouver Sun newspaper and rapidly received Online attention.
Pudding’s former owners (he has, thankfully, been rehomed) failed to properly care for his teeth and ignored the situation even as it got worse—they are now being charged with animal cruelty. Pudding was diagnosed with severe periodontal disease and was suffering in pain. The attending vet had to extract 14 teeth from little Pudding’s mouth. There is no reason why any animal should have to endure such a dreadful (and preventable) agony.
As new dog owners, MM and I still trying to establish a daily rhythm with Maple—we have the meal times down pat, the walks scheduled, the water bowl frequently changed and re-filled, the litter box regularly cleaned, and so on. BUT, we mustn’t forget to integrate teeth-brushing as part of Maple’s daily routine. After all, we don’t need any reminding to brush our own teeth, so why not follow the same prudence in caring our four-legged companions.
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It’s Wednesday—time to blog hop!