This is Walter, a 7-8-year-old Fox Terrier. His parents adopted him last year, and he's become an important part of the family.
“Walter is a precious little man. Very smart, loves taking walks and cuddling with me at night,” Walter’s mom said in her application to Fur Kids Foundation. “Although I have only had him a short time, we need each other."
Walter was recently acting like he was in pain, and his parents felt that the cause of the pain was in his mouth. They decided to take Walter to the vet, where they found out that he had stage 3 periodontitis, and needed surgery to remove the infected teeth that were causing him to be in pain.
Dental disease (periodontitis), is a common disease diagnosed by veterinarians that affects both dogs and cats, as well as nearly all ages. It can be a persistent source of pain for your pet, and can cause more serious illnesses, such as kidney disease and possibly heart disease.
Proper dental care for your pet can help prevent dental disease--this include brushing your pet’s teeth, or keeping the teeth clean with chews, toys, and oral rinses or wipes, for example. You should also bring your pet in for yearly visits with their vet. Bad breath is one of the first signs of dental disease in pets, and something you should bring to your vet’s attention when you schedule your yearly pet exams.
Both of Walter's parents are on Social Security, and his mom is very sick and often has to travel out of state for health care. His mom said she couldn't imagine seeing him in pain any longer, and completed the application to receive assistance from Fur Kids Foundation.
We are very happy to report that all of Walter's infected teeth were removed and he's already feeling so much better.
Fur Kids Foundation is grateful for the dedication of our volunteers and supporters who have helped local families stay happy and healthy, and together! If you would like to help Fur Kids Foundation continue to help families in Campbell County, Wyoming with animals, please consider making a tax-deductible donation. The money helps families during a time when they may not be able to afford adequate veterinary care. Check out more Success Stories.
Created in November 2011, the Fur Kids Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides education and aid to promote the well-being of animals in Campbell County.
Your donation saves lives. It goes to work helping animals in Campbell County receive adequate veterinary care during a time when their family may not be able to afford it. Please contact the Foundation to learn more or donate now using PayPal.
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