Do dogs or cats ever need braces?
Yes, believe it or not, dogs & cats sometimes need braces, more correctly called oral appliances!
Occasionally, as puppies and kittens grow up, they have such badly misaligned teeth that their jaws mal-occlude, meaning their jaws can't properly fit together. In such a situation, the poor pet can't eat normally, play with toys, defend itself, or groom itself.
Traumatic injuries to the teeth and jaws, and oral cancer, are additional situations where dogs and cats might need oral appliances.
If you are concerned your pet may need an oral appliance, have it examined by one of the staff doctors at Windmill Animal Hospital. Depending on the nature of your pet's oral problem, your doctor may refer you to a veterinary dental specialist. Whatever the problem, a solution will be found to alleviate your pet's discomfort, and his mouth returned to functional status.