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Old 10-02-2013, 01:41 PM
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I went to scale Summer's teeth today and realized she has a loose front tooth. It looks normal but it's definitely very loose. I know she's a 9 year old toy breed and that issues like that are common but I feel bad I just now noticed it. I had noticed her breath had gotten bad the last month or so and she had gotten some tartar but her teeth have always been soooo much better than Beau's, Rose's, or Nard's. The vet checked her teeth the last trip in (half a year maybe?) and said she had some tartar but they didn't look too bad.

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I have not had to put her under since her eye surgery several years ago and that time she ended up in the emergency vet. I really wanted to avoid having to put her under for another dental.

Also is making me realize that although she looks really young she's not. I feel negligent that I didn't catch that sooner.
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Old 10-02-2013, 03:57 PM
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Awwee. Poor Summer. Ah. Don't worry about it. We all do stuff like that from time to time. Summer still loves you.
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Old 10-02-2013, 04:54 PM
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Don't feel bad. At all. Let me tell you, if HALF of our clients took the time you did and actually cared for their pet's teeth, we wouldn't have to do so many, "Well, your 15 year old dog is in horrible pain/can't eat/has a horrible, horrible infection in its entire mouth, but the anesthesia and time it is going to take to extract almost every tooth in its mouth is not going to be the safest procedure..." types of conversations.
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Old 10-02-2013, 08:36 PM
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Awww, don't feel bad. I find sometimes general vets are kind of lax with teeth, more than they should be. Maybe it's because they know the common owner probably wouldn't consider getting their dogs cleaned, or think it's important, etc.

But FWIW, the anesthesia is less likely to cause issues than the actual bad teeth. I know so many dogs who have disgusting teeth, and it always makes me sad. You're obviously a good owner, and for you to take notice shows that

Good luck, I know it's always nerve wrecking. Jax has been under twice for a dental now and he's not even 5. But he's done great every time. I've been trying really hard to keep up with his teeth now though with brushing at least every other night. I use petzlife too and have noticed a difference. His teeth tend to get gunky real quick if I don't brush for 3+ days.
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Old 10-03-2013, 09:46 AM
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I just keep thinking of the last time she went under a had seizures and had to be in the emergency vet all night. Of course she was put under twice in 12 or so hours. I just will feel so guilty if that happens again.
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Old 10-03-2013, 10:46 AM
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Can you try to find a vet who could do a dental without putting her under? I know somebody here was able to find a vet who was willing to use the sonic scaler without anesthesia. It's not going to be quite as effective but it's not like you don't want to have her put under just because it makes you uncomfortable... she actually had an adverse reaction last time.

I think it's worth consulting with your vet and get their opinion on if they would put her under or not.
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