To those that met him, Wesley was a six-month-old Golden Retriever puppy that appeared just like any other. But he since he had started teething a few months before, it became clear to his owner, Molly Moore, that he was suffering from some pretty serious dental issues.
Molly said of his condition (via Facebook), “Once his adult teeth started coming out, we noticed they were coming in wrong and he was unable to close his mouth fully. He wasn’t playing with his toys and he was losing weight. It was very worrying for me, and we needed to do something for him to be pain free and live a happy puppy life.”
In order to preserve both Wesley’s quality of life and his health, Molly would have to take some pretty drastic steps to correct his teeth. Braces are a right of passage for most people during their formative years, and it was clear that they were the next logical step in returning Wesley to good health.
So Molly took Wesley to Harborfront Hospital for Animals where he received braces while anesthetized. If that sounds like a harsh procedure for an animal, maybe you’ll take comfort in knowing that they braces will only be on for a couple weeks.
You’d never know that he was suffering from any issue without looking directly into his mouth.
Here’s a pic of Wesley during the procedure:
If Wesley hadn’t been under anesthesia, this would have been a MUCH trickier procedure.
He might be a little shy, but he won’t need to wear them for long!
And here’s an up-close-and-personal pic with the tin grin:
If he’s that happy with the braces on, just imagine how excited he’ll be to get them off!