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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 10-16-2015, 10:07 PM Thread Starter
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His teeth...

Shep's teeth are mostly gleaming white except the very back ones on the top jaw.

Our previous vet noticed some gingivitis at one time and prescribed pills to clear it up.

We switched vets to a new vet as they refused to use a certain anesthetic one our Savanna, even though we were willing to pay extra to use it for the surgery. Pulled Shep from that vet at the same time.

We're now at the new vet. He's in for his yearly, and getting static about his teeth. They have some chipping to them, new vet asks if he was ever chewing rocks.

His upper jaw, both back teeth are black/brown. Been that color for 6-7 years, including the chipping.

The new vet wants to do cleaning, and possible extraction of the teeth.

The old vet didn't want to do teeth cleaning as he'd have to be put under. Stating they should not be put under unless it absolutely necessary. Said his teeth were fine, just have to monitor, and do something if it started to cause pain or discomfort.

Which vet is right?

Heath wise, he'll chew rawhides, nylabones, plus his hard kibble, would think if they were hurting, he'd let me know.

I can probably get you pics if you actually want to see them. Like I say they've looked unchanged for at least 5-6 years.

Anyways, thanks for advise on this, its like a $400-500 decision. If its needed I don't mind spending, just don't want my sheppy to undergo unneeded surgery.

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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 10-16-2015, 10:48 PM
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That's really expensive for just a cleaning,unless that was worst case scenario that includes extraction.
I have a rescue dog that had gingivitis when I acquired him.His breath smelled horrible from the infection.He didn't seem as if he was in pain to me either,could eat kibble and chew bones.He ended up with all of his teeth extracted except his canines and a couple of teeth in his lower jaw when I took him in for a cleaning.

That could have been prevented if the previous owner had brushed his teeth right along, or paid a vet to do it as soon as he showed signs of gum disease.If you ignore it,it only gets worse and costs more $.That's my experience anyway,so I would definitely have your dog's teeth cleaned if he were mine.


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