Dental disease is a common and treatable health problem for shelter pets. Periodontal disease, like gingivitis or gum disease and fractures from hard chew toys are common ailments for shelter dogs. Abscessed teeth, gum disease and tooth resorption impact felines. Left untreated, these minor dental issues can lead to major health complications impacting the heart and liver. These procedures can cost anywhere between $600 - $2,000 depending on the severity.
In the past HSLM was only able to complete these surgeries if it was absolutely necessary, if an animal was otherwise healthy we would work with their future adopter and inform them of the treatment their new pet would require post adoption. Taking on additional medical costs post adoption could be a deterrent and sometimes resulted in a pet being passed over leading to longer time in the shelter while they wait for their potential match.