Goonie is a giant, loveable Mastiff mix enrolled in the Friends of the Animals' (FOTA) foster program in Baton Rouge, LA. Due to a severely broken jaw that healed improperly, some of his teeth are malformed and need to be removed before they cause bigger issues.
While we think his crooked jaw gives him character, it's caused damage to his bottom two canine teeth. One of them has a hole in the center from being broken, and the other, due to the jaw injury, grew backwards and is pointing into the back of his mouth. There may be other teeth that need to be removed, but the dentist won't know until he can get a closer look once Goonie is sedated.
Both of these teeth have the potential to cause severe pain, further nerve injury and infection if left unattended.
Despite his previous mistreatment, he is a snuggly, happy guy who has quickly become a favorite among the local shelter, the FOTA volunteers and the veterinary staff. He is currently being loved and spoiled in a foster home as he awaits adoption.
FOTA Baton Rouge is a non-profit dog rescue. While they cover the standard medical care for the dogs in their program, they depend on donations from the public for specialized, expensive treatments, otherwise the medical expenses for the dogs they save would swallow the group.
Goonie deserves a shot at a great life. Oral surgery to remove those problem teeth is a giant step for a gentle giant.