|Barked: Tue Jan 15, '13 4:36pm PST |
|I have two dogs missing a premolar each and they do just fine. I felt that the cost of fixing the teeth was not going to be worth it, especially given how well dogs can do without them (Maggie's was pretty much done for breaking out of a crate and Porter came to me with a slab fracture). I still manage to feed raw successfully and mine still have no need of dentals - I just keep an eye on the side with the missing tooth in case plaque builds up.
I have found that when healthy teeth are removed it is an easier recovery than when the tooth becomes infected or the gum seriously irritated. Keep a close eye on it and stay on top of it...a tooth infection can cause the whole dog to feel off (Porter was starting to bite at me for no reason...got the tooth out and the behavior stopped).
I do know people that will opt to save the tooth and it usually works just fine with no lasting issues, just be sure to get in with a good dental vet. I have heard of one that gave a good prognosis for a tooth and it turned out that the tooth was not really savable in the first place (according to another dental vet) and the owner was out $1000+.
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