I'm wondering what to expect when / after my dog 's dental. His breath stinks. So it is much needed. We are thinking (vet and us) that he is going to have to have some teeth pulled..... What can I expect if he has some teeth pulled? Will he need some soft food/ or his food with some warm water on it?
Yes I'm sure the vet will give us some instructions but I'd rather get some REAL feeback ... from some real people who have actually gone through this same anxiety that I'm going to feel.
by the way he is a 6 year old very large, goofy. very sweet brindle greyhound - retired racer (well he didn't really race) I have no pictures b/c my old labtop hard drive broke and have none on this new computer :-( but I can tell you he's very handsome. Everyone tells me so :-) He's definately made many people stop and stare.
my dogs haven't had teeth pulled but fred my former cat (RIP) had to have several pulled at about age 14. yes his gums were sore for about 10 days, he got canned food for awhile. then he didn't want to eat his dry food again, after he was healed, unless i put yummy stuff in it, eventually went back to dry. the golden i had years ago had her teeth cleaned once, but the bad breath came back. i have better luck brushing for breath control.
My uncles collies got their teeth cleaned while I was staying with them. They were VERY sensitive to the anesthesia, and they were groggy for a few days, depressed, and could barely walk. It was awful for them, but they were older (9yrs & 11yrs). Good luck.
Hello, i dont know if this makes a differnce or not- but bentleys baby teeth hadnt falling out yet and his adult teeth were coming in and he had like 2 sets of top teeth and 2 sets of bottom- he was 8 months old and he was being neutered and also having all the baby teeth pulled out at the same time while he was already under- Gosh when i picked him up i felt so bad- he had dried blood all down his face- hes a white bichon and toy poodle mix. They never gave me anything for pain for either the teeth being yanked out or him being neutered, but he was fine- When we got home from the vet he ate right away. yes soft food. He eats mostly soft food anyways and also has hard food at all times he can eat. I think he had about 6 teeth pulled and he never acted like it bothered him in anyway , gosh not even him being neutered- hes only 6 pounds so he was strong..lol i know i wasnt i was a wreck. The vet told me that if i didnt have his baby teeth pulled out that by the time bentley was 3 he would have to have all his teeth pulled out do to over croweding and rotton teeth because there is no room in his mouth for all the teeth -
I dont know how many teeth will be pulled for your dog and he is older- but bentley is only a year now this was just a few months ago. im happy i did go threw with having this baby teeth pulled, i was really debating i felt sorry for him to go threw all of that. but he made it and hes wonderful..
You will probably need to feed canned or moisten his food depending on how many they pull for a few days. The mouth heals pretty quickly. I've had a couple dogs get teeth pulled and never had a problem.
since the dental is scheduled for a few weeks from now, may i suggest going to the supermarket or butcher and getting some of the big beef marrow bones. you can either boil them for an hour or so or feed them to him raw. they are really cheap and if you give him one every three days or so, you may notice by the time his appointment comes up that all his teeth will be cleaned of all the tartar on them and his breath wont smell anymore.
my dogs get them regularly and when we first got our one dog her teeth were disgusting. after a few weeks of chewing on these bones her teeth were cleaned up and she didnt require a dental.
My old dog had several abscessed teeth and several extractions. She had stitches in her mouth and I had pain pills for her. I gave her kibble, just the same, only I was to soften it with water for about a week afterwards. She healed very nicely, but wasn't too crazy about the soft kibble. Oh, I also had to cleanse her mouth with this mouthwash in a squirt bottle after meals. It wasn't that bad of an ordeal, except for the price. That was bad. 600 bucks after bloodwork and several extractions.
That's a really great suggestion!! I've given him a lot of bones to help with tarter and bad breath and stuff but the harder it is, the less he likes them and won't chew on them. got some special bone that gives off a film or something once they chew and once that started to work he stopped chewing!!!!! very expensive from the vet too, oy vei. I think he might like this though. I don't want to give him soft food / canned food b/c then he might get used to it, but I don't want him to not eat b/c he has such a fast metabolism and I dont' want him to lose too much weight too. thanks for the suggestions. poor baby is still limping :-( i'm hoping the meds help!