Taking care of your pup used to be so straightforward: a bit of kibble, a bit of exercise, good to go. Veterinary science has made great strides to increase the longevity of our four-legged friends and good dental health is increasingly important. Sometimes, that means doggy dental devices -- braces.
It may seem silly to think about your pup with braces -- he doesn't care if his pearly whites line up perfectly. However, valid medical reasons exist for getting braces for a dog. Misaligned teeth can poke into your pup's cheek, gums or tongue, causing him great pain and, potentially, infection. In some cases, orthodontic extraction, or pulling the tooth, will give him relief; in other cases, braces do the trick. The braces can be simple and limited to a small area to guide a tooth or two, or they can resemble the full set you had as a teenager. The cost will depend on your pup's need but can run between $1,000 and $1,500.
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