Popular puppy with braces doing well, family says

The Detroit News
Wesley, the 6-month-old Golden Retriever, needed braces for medical reasons

Wesley the golden retriever is making thousands of people grin with his crooked smile.

Photos of the 6-month-old pup from Spring Lake in western Michigan's Ottawa County went viral after his owner Molly Moore posted photos of him onFacebook with his new braces.

Moore’s father, Dr. Jim Moore, is a veterinarian  at Harborfront Hospital for Animals, where he specializes in doggy dentistry. The decidedly awkward-looking puppy needed the braces because his new adult teeth were causing him trouble.

“Orthodontia in pets is normally not for aesthetic purposes, but because of health concerns,” the post to the vet’s Facebook page reads. “He needed tooth alignment because he could not close his mouth completely, otherwise.”

The good news is Wesley will only need the braces for a few weeks. And in the meantime, his growing pains are raising awareness for pet dental health.

Wesley will only need the braces for a few weeks to help correct tooth problems that make it hard for him to close his mouth and eat.

“The attention which has come with our post about Wesley has been disarming and unexpected; it began because we wanted to post about National Pet Dental Health month (which was in February),” the Moores wrote in the Facebook post, which has been shared nearly 300,000 times. “We would not have chosen it, but we are grateful that now certainly more people know about the importance of dental care for our beloved ones.”

For now, Wesley is focused on typical puppy things and is not even fazed by his new hardware.

“He is happily enjoying some of the benefits of his celebrity (although he already had ample hugs, kisses and belly rubs),” Molly Moore wrote. “Most importantly, he is eating well, playing, and feeling wonderful.”