k8nkane wrote: Dental surgery is a serious surgery, and IMO should only be done if absolutely necessary.
It depends on the dog, but bully breeds are tough, this was Brina's teeth before surgery:Nichole wrote:She isn't bothered at all and on one hand I am not sure I trust her to tell me if she were, but wouldnt she be doing *something* if it hurt? Drooling, issues eating, something?
In Brina's case, they had to extract almost all teeth in the left side of her upper jaw, plus all her front teeth and she still chews bones (rawhide bones and bully sticks) without problems, she just uses her good side.If they fix it (root canal, crown) would she have to stop eating the rib bones she loves so much?
Leslie H wrote:Xanny's 2 lower canines broke off at the gumline about 4 years ago. My vet advised no surgery, she's been fine.
k8nkane wrote:If it really hurt, she would be eating differently, more slowly/carefully, possibly less often.
Misskiwi67 wrote:Beware veterinarians expertise in dental care. Many many vets are years behind in advanced dental care. Finding a good dental vet is harder than finding a vet who does 3 year vaccines. I used to work at a clinic where there could be an abscess, but if the tooth wasn't loose, they wouldn't do anything about it. This is TERRIBLE medicine, and there are lots of vets out there who haven't kept up.
Nichole wrote:I have a fb teammate who is a newly graduated vet. Maybe she'll have some insight into who to send her to. I feel like I'm walking pretty blindly into this and I hate that feeling.
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