Well, on Friday Chi-Ching will be going in to get all his vaccinations and also he is getting a dental cleaning as well as having some of his teeth removed. He has a undershot jaw(his lower jaw sticks out farther then his top) and his canines are causing sores on his mouth, so they are going to remove some of his teeth. We do not know how many will be coming out, it just depends on how it all looks. His jaw was not like this when we first got him but developed over time. I, not surprisingly, have not heard from his breeder, and plan on turning him in because I know he has had another litter from the same parents. I have learned alot about this breeder and while I would never change Chi-Ching, I will also never buy another puppy from somewhere like that again. He also has to have his eyes examined because he cannot recognize people from across the yard until you speak or come closer. I am hoping that it is not going to be anything major but my luck with him has not been that great medically wise. The worst part of all this, is he is barely over a year old.
I have a two year guarantee on genetic problems but it means nothing since he would want him back and I am not giving him up. Guarantees mean squat.
Well, wish him luck, chows do not always do great with anesthesia, he did fine when he was fixed but I am still nervous.
Katz do you have a veterinary dentist in your town? Spencer had a canine that was coming in wrong. If it proceeded it would have ended up causing problems on the top of his mouth. Every Veterinarian I saw said to pull the canine. I took him to a board certified veterinary dentist and he came up with another solution to redirect the tooth. He ended up not having the canine pulled. If you remove a bottom canine it can cause the tongue to kind of flip around outside the mouth.
I would seriously consider taking him to a board certified veterinary dentist before you allow any veterinarian pull teeth.
***Edited By: pwcorgilover on 1/24/2007 4:45:29 PM*** Reason: *
He has gone to an orthopedic/dental veterinarian and also seen two others about his teeth that told me to go to the ortho/dental vet. It is that one that looked at his teeth. We explored redirection as well as doggy braces but due to the extent of his underbite, it would not help.
Here are some pictures I just took.....
This one you can see the way his bottom canine catches on his upper lip.....
I do not know who I can turn him into but I will turn him into his registry, even though it is a crappy registry to begin with(I know, I know, I was told that from the beginning) But I am also going to hit all the chow boards, as well as possibly get him to pay for half my vet bills.... doubt that will happen but I am going to try.
When we go in and the vet looks at his teeth again, I will ask him which he thinks we should do. He is almost 18 months old, his teeth are all healthy, they do need a little cleaning but that is also being done too. I will do whatever is best for him and makes his mouth quit hurting.
We noticed after we got her home she had a slight underbite....I did alot of research and bull terriers have huge heads......and it is asking alot of the bites to be perfect in the breed as the top jaw is soo darn huge....they even dont fault much for an even or slight underbite in the ring......
So, when puppy teeth were coming out I noticed and called and really couldnt tell anything until the adult teeth came in, and well, you see what we got....
and NOW you can see her bottom lip sticks out, like she is pouty. I just love her tho...she is the most snuggly of all the bullies we have....she is our *special* one....lol...
His molars fit perfectly actually. I will mention the wry to the vet. He talked mostly to my husband and he said that due to the structure of the overbite and where the teeth are, they could not fix it with braces. I will no more on Friday. He will have another complete exam before he goes in for surgery. I love my vets and trust them.
There's a few reasons people think are the cause of Chows being so intolderable.
They should be treated as the vet would treat any short-muzzled dog/breed. Their hearts, compared to their size, are small. It's dosed by weight, so many people think there's a connection to overdosing causing the heart to stop, because of it's small size and the breed's weight.
Katz, make sure to ask about the specific methods used for Chows that have had better success, if they can. Intubation and isoflurane gas seem to go a lot easier on them.
My vet uses the Iso. I am not too worried about him because he has the longer muzzle. It is usually the smushy faced chows that tend to have more problems. They are really good with him and he behaves really well for them.
SOrry you are going through this with your chow, hope all works out for the best.
Just a little observation, do you really think it's a wise idea to have him vaccinated at the same time that he is being anaethetised? If he is under 12 mths old then he would have had all his shots and I don't think there is any rush to have him vaccinated again; I think it would be best to have him titer tested instead. Vaccinations put pressure on the immune system and weaken it so I don't think that whilst he is going to have to have work done in his mouth it is wise for him to have a weak immune system, he requires his immune system to be working at its best in order to fight infections; why not discuss this with your vet and opt to have the dental work done first and then wait for a few weeks and then, if absolutely necessary, have him vaccinated but your best option is to have him titer tested. If you do some research on negative side effects of vaccinations in dogs you will find quite a fair bit of info. on the internet.