Well we did our best for the last year…we chewed, we brushed, we ate a healthy diet but still at his annual check up Wheaton’s teeth were horrible. He had breath that only his momma could love and even then I had a hard time. The vet and I had that discussion again about extraction. More teeth to come out….big ones….the back molars.
Warm up VISA you’re gonna be smokin hot soon enough. I joke, but seriously veterinary dental is a costly event. There isn’t a flat fee. The different services have rates that are charged in 10 minute intervals. There’s a hefty anesthetic fee for administering and monitoring, and then the tooth polishing and the extraction, and IV fluids and medications. And more. And then some. And more.
X-rays showed that his bottom molars have “hooked roots”, pulling those could risk fracturing his bottom jaw. The vet cleaned the bottom molars and pulled the smaller pre-molars on the left side next to the molar…it still had a slight hook and didn’t come out clean…for this reason she did not pull the same pre-molar on the right side.
Even the top molars had hooks that were not visible on the X-rays….this made the extraction difficult but not as dangerous as the bottom molars with their hooks.
See the hooks
Dental health is a HUGE part of your dog’s well being. And a part that we do not pay enough attention to…until there’s an issue. Trust me….2 dental visits totalling over $3,000 is a big chunk of change, and we haven’t even got to how hard it is on my boy!
The anesthetic, the pain meds, the antibiotics, and the force needed to pull those big molars out….the pain after while his little mouth heals. It’s a lot. My Wheatie boy is a tough little guy…he’s so resilient. His history is full of pain. He’s lived through much worse. But this is part of why I hate this situation. And that’s my own empathetic impression. I hate the idea of my boy being in pain….I can’t explain to him why this is happening and he can’t tell me if the pain is being managed enough. All I can do is hug him and do Reiki on him and help him through. It hurts me to imagine how much his little mouth must hurt, but he just moves forward. He’s happy when I give him his big bowl of food, he’s happy when I cuddle him close to me, he’s happy to play with Daisy, he’s happy to go for a walk….so even though his mouth must hurt he’s still a pretty happy dude.
I am devoted to my dogs. They are the loves of my life. Their health and happiness is my number one priority. Period.
And now, when he’s snuggled up close to me and he yawns in my face, his breath won’t make me gag.