Jaguar Gets a Full Dental Exam and Cleaning at Zoo

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Everyone has to brush their teeth ⁠— including jaguars.

So how exactly does that happen?

Employees at Zoo Miami make sure the first thing they do is immobilize animal. Currently, the zoo houses 9-year-old Adonia, a 144-pound jaguar, and on Tuesday, it was time for her dental exam.

Staffers pried open Adonia's mouth using strong cords. She then received a teeth cleaning and several X-rays. The procedure was done by Dr. Jamie A. Berning, a veterinary dentist the zoo brought in from Ohio.

Other than some minor mouth ulcerations, Adonia was in good dental health. She also underwent a general physical the same day, including blood collection and an ultrasound.

Jaguars are nature's third largest cat species, after tigers and lions.


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