Pet Tales

Dachshund’s dental dilemma illustrates need for cleanings

Remy is a 6-year-old miniature dachshund.
Remy is a 6-year-old miniature dachshund.

From animal shelter volunteer Ellen Perryess:

“Remy is a 6-year-old neutered miniature dachshund who came to the shelter as a stray. With his outgoing personality and gentle nature, the volunteers assumed Remy’s anxious owners would soon appear. Sadly, Remy’s previous owners didn’t live up to expectations: They never showed, and Remy’s teeth reflected lifelong neglect. The decay was so advanced he needed 13 teeth extracted as well as closure of passages into his sinuses caused by decay.

“Fortunately, ARF funds were sufficient, and the surgery was successful, so Remy is now happy, eating with gusto and ready to find a home.

“Remy has all the traits that doxy aficionados cherish — he’s devoted, loving and curious. Remy has that endearing, jaunty step often found in the breed and loves to go for walks. Like most dachshunds, Remy is cautious when meeting new people, so he’s best suited to an adult household. But he is quick to form deep and lasting bonds. Remy has lived with another dog and, with proper introductions, is fine with new dogs.

“All dogs benefit from daily dental care and annual veterinary cleanings. Because of his previous neglect, this is particularly true for Remy. To help all pet owners avoid dental disease, many local veterinarians are offering dental cleaning discounts in recognition of February as National Pet Dental Health Month.

“Remy, once a neglected dog, wants to love and be loved. To celebrate the week, Remy comes with a valentine’s portrait. If you’d like to meet Remy, please call his foster family at 242-1470.

Don’t forget: February is National Pet Dental Health Month.

Caring for your pets’ teeth reduces the likelihood of dental diseases, as well as the spread of bacteria to other organs, which can cause illness or life-threatening disease.

Call your vet today, as many are offering dental cleaning discounts through the month of February.”

For more information about Remy, ID No. 178777, call the volunteer line at the San Luis Obispo County Animal Shelter at 781-4413 or visit

The Animal Services shelter is at 885 Oklahoma Ave., off Highway 1 in San Luis Obispo.

To see more shelter animals available for adoption, visit www.sloanimal  .

The adoption fee is $75 for cats and $100 for dogs, plus a $23 county license fee for dogs if the adopters are San Luis Obispo County residents. The adoption fee includes spay or neuter, basic vaccinations, microchip, eligibility for a free veterinarian check, new collar and ID tag, and carrier for cats.

Sherwood Dog Park coffee social, to celebrate the beginning of construction, will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday. Bring your dogs on leash and enjoy coffee donated by Joe Bella Coffee Roasters in Templeton, pastries and visions of our new dog park home. This is also a great opportunity to make a donation to help our construction fund. Sherwood Dog Park is on Scott Street adjacent to the Senior Center. Rain cancels. For information, call 239-4437.

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