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Michigan puppy with braces attracts national attention

Apparently puppy braces are a thing.
Harborfront Hospital for Animals
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Apparently puppy braces are a thing.

For the most of you that probably didn't already know, it's National Pet Dental Health Month, and one Michigan puppy is celebrating most appropriately. 

A photo posted by harborfront hospital (@hhfa_pets) on Feb 28, 2016 at 6:08am PST

Dr. Jim Moore practices veterinary oral surgery at Harborfront Hospital for Animals in Spring Lake, Michigan and is an associate professor of oral surgery at the MSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital.  He shared photos of his daughter's six-month-old puppy, Wesley, after the puppy had braces put on. 

"This puppy experienced a malocclusion, which essentially means that his teeth weren’t working together the way they are supposed to," explained Dr. Moore. 

The first shared photos of the puppy's brace-face appeared on the Harborfront's Hospital for Animals Facebook page. 


When people hear that Dr. Moore is a "doggie dentist," they immediately say things like: "What? Does he put braces on dogs, too?" The answer is . . . yes. Yes, he does. Posted by Harborfront Hospital for Animals on Friday, February 26, 2016

“Most dogs tolerate these kinds of brackets quite nicely," Dr. Moore continued. "The biggest problem is that they tend to want to chew, and that can knock the brackets off of their teeth pretty easily.”

The Harborfront Hospital for Animals didn't expect the immense media reaction that Wesley's story sparked. They explained their shock in a recent post to the Hospital's Facebook account. 

Overwhelmed. We are overwhelmed by the outpouring of care and interest from around the nation in our buddy "Wesley."... Posted by Harborfront Hospital for Animals on Monday, February 29, 2016

Wesley is expected to get the braces taken off within the next two weeks.


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