Big cats visit the dentist at The Wildcat Sanctuary

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Does your dentist work on the weekend? Luckily for many big cats, the dental professionals from the Peter Emily International Veterinary Dental Foundation do. In fact, they travel around the world all year long assuring exotic animals in need receive advanced care needed to live pain-free.

These volunteer veterinary dentists, technicians, and other professionals traveled from around the United States to provide much-needed oral surgery for several cats at The Wildcat Sanctuary in Sandstone, Minnesota – including cougars, a black leopard, a white tiger and a serval.

The Wildcat Sanctuary’s founder Tammy Thies said, “We’re extremely thankful that experts from the foundation are onsite to provide needed sebastian1dental care to our rescued residents.”

Board-certified veterinary anesthesiologists Dr. Baldo and Dr. Guedes, along with resident anesthesiologist Dr. Shipley, will also be volunteering their time to assure the cats sleep well during their procedures. This anesthesia team provides services for The University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center, so the cats are in expert hands.

Thies says, “It’s a big job coordinating all that’s needed for six big cats.  We’re extremely touched to see so many professionals come together to help big cats who should never have been kept as pets or for profit.”

The patients include Shazam, a black leopard and Matty, a cougar who arrived at the Sanctuary in 2006 after the Catskill Game Farm closed down and was auctioning animals off to unscrupulous dealers.

seb2Serval Sebastian, was found wandering the streets of Michigan before a zoo took him in and asked the Sanctuary for help.

Other patients include cougars Carlo the cougar and Peekaboo a Bengal cat.

You can watch a video of Shazam’s oral surgery HERE as filmed by the Duluth News Tribune and HERE as covered by KQDSFOX21. 



The mission of PEIVDF is to provide life improving advanced veterinary dental care and treatment to exotic animals located in U.S. (and in the future, overseas) captive animal facilities and animal sanctuaries, which are underfunded and/or understaffed from a veterinary perspective.  The foundation provides the work at no cost to the recipient sanctuary. The Mission Leader was Barron Hall, DVM – PEIVDF Board member.

The Wildcat Sanctuary (TWS) is a 501c3 non-profit, big cat rescue located in Sandstone, MN. TWS shazam2provides a natural sanctuary to wild cats in need and inspires change to end the captive wildlife crisis. As a true sanctuary, the sanctuary does not buy, breed, sell or exhibit animals. The Wildcat Sanctuary is accredited by the American Sanctuary Association and the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries.

The University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center’s anesthesia team included 2 board certified veterinary anesthesiologists (Baldo, Guedes) and resident in anesthesiology (Shipley).

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