|Barked: Sun Feb 17, '13 10:48pm PST |
|Two of my dogs have broken teeth. Juneau completely smashed her upper left carnassial on... something... It was so badly broken that the pulp was exposed in three places and she was in obvious discomfort. She would refuse to chew on that side, would pick at her food, paw at her mouth, rub the left side of her face on the floor, and panted frequently with a tight expression. We had the tooth removed and she went back to normal once she recovered from the surgery.
Sasha has broken both upper carnassials, on beef ribs and an antler, both of which I no longer give. The left was just chipped at first, no pulp exposed, just a small flake. Then the other broke and exposed the pulp a bit, then the chipped tooth chipped again and also exposed the pulp. However, in Sasha's case, neither tooth is causing her any discomfort, are not rotting, she does not paw or rub, chews vigorously on both sides of her mouth, and the teeth have not turned any funky colors.
I have opted not to remove the teeth unless something; bad breath, nasty buildup, lack of chewing, pawing her mouth, etc. occurs. Some people would not agree with what I am doing, but at this moment, I really absolutely cannot afford to get them removed. Once I can though, I will gladly get it done despite her not being affected whatsoever. Until then, I continue to feed her various raw meaty bones (she and Juneau are working through a baby calf, maybe two weeks old, at this moment) and brush her carnassials every night. Her teeth are otherwise in fabulous condition.
Anywho, if the tooth is not badly broken and is not causing Duke any discomfort or pain, I would leave it for now. If it develops any sort anything then I'd get it removed.
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