We, at All Paws Matter, rescue and find homes for abandoned, homeless and surrendered dogs. We aid dogs from Canada (predominantly in Ontario) and Playa del Carmen, Mexico. We pull exclusively from one rescue in Playa del Carmen, S.O.S. el Arca. The vetting that is done before the dogs are transported to Canada far exceeds Canada Customs’ regulations. Sometimes, however, the dogs are deemed older than we know them to be by Canadian vets, who use tooth health as one of the assessment tools. The high concentration of calcium carbonate in the Mexican water promotes premature tartar buildup, and hence an older looking tooth. It is one of the aims in the coming year for S.O.S. el Arca to purchase tartar removal equipment. It is our objective to offer for adoption the healthiest dog possible as we believe good health early on is an investment in longevity.
In the early months of 2018 All Paws Matter Rescue was on the brink of being closed. Since it's inception, APM had saved, rehabilitated and rehomed hundreds of dogs from Canada and internationally. Sylvie Goetz, owner/operator of S.O.S. el Arca, Playa del Carmen, Mx, agonizing over the lost potential, volunteered to remaining members teamed with Sylvie and created a new Boad of Directors without any connections to past members. All Paws Matter from April 2018 disclaims any affiliation with any rescue other than S.O.S el Arca
This includes dental as well.
The Mexican dogs often present with teeth that are not consistent with their age, meaning they have more tartar, etc than they should for their age. This is because of 2 things...First, most were street dogs and ate whatever they could find so a lack of proper nutrition along with sometimes eating very hard things that shouldn't be eaten,. Also, the water in Mexico is also not conducive to good oral heath.
That being said, we, of course, do check their teeth and take care of any issues needing urgent treatment.