May 22, 2006
For Immediate Release
Contact: Jeffrey Raddatz
Phone: (414) 431-6121
Ava a Reason to Smile!
WI. – We have all suffered the agonizing
pain of a tooth ache. Humans immediately grab the
phone and make an appointment with the dentist.
But, animals don’t have that option. When
Ava, an eleven-year-old poodle, was brought to the
Wisconsin Humane Society, she was in severe pain.
She had several teeth missing, severe gingival recession
and her gums were infected.
Like humans, cats and dogs need routine dental visits
in order to keep their teeth healthy. Home care
of your animal’s teeth and gums through daily
brushing will dramatically prevent the chance of
oral disease and tooth loss. Ava’s guardians
were clearly unaware of this simple yet important
Ava was very lucky she was brought to us in time.
Our veterinarians were forced to remove her last
remaining tooth and treat the dangerous infection.
If cases like Ava’s go untreated, the plaque
buildup tends to lead to periodontitis that could
cause other serious health problems. Infections
caused by periodontal disease become potentially
damaging to the heart, liver and kidneys.
In order to keep your pet’s teeth healthy
and white, the Wisconsin Humane Society recommends
• Make sure your animals gets annual cleanings
and check ups with the veterinarian
• If possible, brush your animal’s teeth
with a toothbrush specially designed for pets
• Search for types of food and treats that
help prevent tartar buildup
Ava is currently recovering from her surgery and
will be looking for a new home soon. If you have
any questions about Ava or for tips on proper care
for your animal’s teeth, please call 414-ANIMALS.
Ava is available for photos and a vet can be available
for interviews on Monday, May 22 and Tuesday, May
23. To schedule a time, please contact Jeffrey Raddatz