February is National Pet Dental Health Month. It’s the perfect time to inform clients of the importance of keeping their pets’ teeth healthy. You may have come across a client or two (or perhaps dozens) who say they can’t afford the dental care their pets need.
Enter Brook Niemiec, DVM, DAVDC.
Dr. Niemiec, who owns Southern California Veterinary Dental Specialties and Oral Surgery in San Diego, Calif., understands the disconnect between dental care for pets and shelter animals and the money to pay for it. To combat that disconnect, Niemiec set up the Tooth Fairy Fund. It was designed to help those who cannot afford dental care for their pets. Fox 5 San Diego reports that last December the Tooth Fairy Fund helped pay for the dental care of several shelter animals that had serious dental issues.
The program is designed so that veterinarians nationwide can implement it in their practices. Niemiec told Fox 5 San Diego that $1 for every tooth extracted in any of the practices participating in the Tooth Fairy Fund is donated to the program. The money raised for Tooth Fairy Fund covers dental surgery and anesthesia.