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To the rescue!

by sfox

Posted on May 19, 2009 at 6:51 AM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 27 at 11:01 AM

VCA Southwest Freeway Animal Hospital comes to the aid of the recently rescued Rat Terriers.

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Preliminary medical evaluations determined that many of the dogs rescued from the alleged Waco puppy mill were in dire need of dental cleanings, tooth extractions and possible oral surgery before being put up for adoption.

"Nearly 100% of the adult rat terriers we took in have varying degrees of dental problems. These range from moderate dental tartar to severe periodontal disease. Dental tartar is created by bacteria in the mouth. This bacteria can enter the blood supply in the gums and distribute throughout the dog's body. In severe cases, this may cause kidney or liver failure or heart problems. Just like us, all dogs and cats need routine dental care and the lack of care can literally create life threatening illnesses. We are so pleased that VCA has stepped forward to help us with this vital health need. Dental cleanings are usually a one day procedure so we expect this first group of dogs to be ready for adoption within one to two days of the procedure," says Dr. Teri Schweiss, Vice President of Animal Welfare at the Houston SPCA.

The first round of adult Rat Terriers made the trip to the VCA Southwest Freeway Animal Hospital in Sugar Land on Monday morning where they received complimentary dental work from both Dr. Michael Roberson and Dr. Brian Giles. "It is our pleasure to assist in the treatment and recuperation of these unfortunate animals. They were living in such deplorable conditions and at least we can give these dogs a new, healthy start and a good quality of life with their adoptive families," says Dr. Roberson, Medical Director of VCA Southwest Freeway.

This life saving work from the VCA Animal Hospitals does not stop here. Every animal that is adopted from the Houston SPCA receives a Complimentary Wellness Exam and a Limited Health Care Guarantee to a VCA Animal Hospital worth up to $500 to treat minor health issues within 14-days after adoption.

The remaining puppies transferred to the Houston SPCA are now in foster homes courtesy of the shelters foster program and will be available for adoption in the next three weeks. Other dogs from this raid are finding shelter at the Waco Humane Society who is also asking for foster families. Many rescue groups have also stepped in to take action to help save these innocent lives.