Make Me Smile in the News

Dec 3, 2014 | Articles, Make Me Smile, News

Veterinary Dentists Are Bringing Shelter Pets and Adopters Together

“Make Me Smile Shelter Project” means sweeter breath and better health for homeless pets

Martinez, CA (Dec. 3, 2014) – Pets in animal shelters have a new ally in their search for homes: veterinary dentists.

Thanks to the Foundation for Veterinary Dentistry’s “Make Me Smile Shelter Project,” shelter veterinarians and veterinary technicians nationwide will be receiving specialized training and equipment to help make sure homeless pets have dental exams and dental cleanings before they meet their new families.

 “Animals with periodontal disease are extremely difficult to place for adoption,” says Foundation Chair Dr. Jamie Anderson, a veterinarian and member trustee. “Animals with healthy mouths are more appealing because their breath is sweeter, and because they’re healthier and feel better.”