SPRING LAKE , Mich., March 1 (UPI) -- A Michigan veterinarian has earned the title of "doggie dentist" for his practice of fitting dogs with braces and performing root canals.
Harborfront Hospital for Animals shared photos of a golden retriever puppy "smiling" after being fitted with a set of braces.
Dr. Jim Moore often receives questions regarding his dental work for dogs and his interesting nickname.
"When people hear that Dr. Moore is a 'doggie dentist,' they immediately say things like: 'What? Does he put braces on dogs, too?'," the Facebook post read. "The answer is...yes. Yes, he does."
While it may be unusual to see a dog adorned with braces, the animal hospital stressed the importance of animals' dental health in the Facebook post.
"Orthodontia in pets is normally not for aesthetic purposes, but because of health concerns," they wrote.
The dog shown in the photograph was named Wesley and needed braces to realign his teeth so he would be able to close his mouth properly.
The Hospital later reported that Wesley was recovering well as his photo quickly became popular on the internet, gaining almost 300,000 shares on Facebook.
"He is happily enjoying some of the benefits of his celebrity (although he already had ample hugs, kisses and belly rubs)," they wrote. "Most importantly, he is eating well, playing, and feeling wonderful."