This is Bouncer, a 7-year-old puggle (a beagle mixed with a pug, if you didn’t already know). His parents adopted him a few years ago. They learned that his previous owners only fed him hot dogs and bologna, which they believed caused a lot of tartar build up on his chompers. Throughout the years, Bouncer's teeth only got worse, causing him a lot of discomfort. Along with his bad teeth, Bouncer also had a cherry eye, a red bulge in the corner of his eye.
According to an article in The Honest Kitchen, The Truth About Tartar Buildup on Your Dog’s Teeth:
“(Tartar) starts its journey on your dog’s teeth as plaque, which begins to form hours after a dog eats. As plaque combines with the salts found in dog saliva, it builds up and hardens, which is when it turns into tartar. And tartar is like a welcoming sign to dental problems and gum disease—opening the door to pain, illness and a host of expensive medical bills.”
Unfortunately, Bouncer isn’t the first pet with bad teeth Fur Kids Foundation has helped. Remember, tartar can build up on a dog’s teeth cause tooth decay, gum disease, tooth loss and other medical issues relating to gum disease. It can also be quite painful for the dog to experience, and make your dog’s breath really rank!
For those who don’t know, a dog’s eye has three eyelids: an upper and lower lid, as well as a third eyelid that acts like a wipe to keep the eye clear of dust and debris. It also has a tear gland that produces around 35% of the moisture to the dog’s eye. Occasionally, the gland in the third eyelid, located in the corner of the eye next to the dog’s nose, slips out of place. We see it as a red or pinkish blob, and this is what is referred to as a cherry eye.
Bouncer’s parents are both disabled, and his mom is his dad's primary caretaker, and the only person in the family receiving disability. His parents struggled knowing that Bouncer needed help, and that they couldn't afford to help him feel better. So they applied to Fur Kids Foundation for some help when they took him to the vet, and we were happy to take the case.
Bouncer had eight teeth removed and his cherry eye fixed! We are very happy to report that he is feeling so much better!
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