Zoo Receives Donation Toward Animal Dental Health

The Lake Superior Zoo Started Dental Work Thursday, After Receiving a $9,500 Donation from the Make Me Smile Program

DULUTH, Minn. – A recent donation toward animal dental health was put to use for the first time Thursday at Duluth’s Lake Superior Zoo.

A $9,500 dollar grant was recently given to the Zoo, from the Foundation for Veterinary Dentistry’s Make Me Smile Program.

In 2012, flood waters washed through the Zoo causing millions of dollars’ worth of damage.

Included, was the Zoo’s old dental equipment. The old machine was in the Bear’s Den in preparation for a next day surgery.

“Animals have absolutely no way to tell us when they have dental pain,” said Dr. Michael Overend, Owner and Veterinarian at Lake County Veterinary Clinics. “Dental health is very important for animals just as it is for people.”

After the flood, the old tools were filled with dirt and unusable.

“This new equipment really will let them do the job that they have wanted to do and need to do in order to keep these animals in good physical condition,” said Overend.

The new equipment was used Thursday morning on a lucky four-year-old genet.

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