ALBION, Ind. (WANE) – More than a dozen dentists had their hands full Saturday afternoon with some unlikely patients. 16 exotic animals at the Black Pine Animal Sanctuary received dental care.
Animals ranging from leopards to tigers got root canals, extractions, and other dental services. The animals were all put under anesthesia before their appointments.
Organizers said it’s important to care for the dental needs of all animals, from house pets to exotics animals.
“Animals suffer in silence. They don’t let us know when they have problems. Lions and tigers, and all these larger animals, you just don’t know what’s going on with them. There are animals that have suffered for years and years with dental issues beaus no one has known there was anything wrong,” Michelle Hall with the Peter Emily Veterinary Dental Foundation said.
15 volunteers with the Peter Emily International Veterinary Dental Foundation helped make Saturday’s event possible.