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Old 04-19-2017, 08:02 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Poor Sweetness and Snowball. I can totally relate. My Rose(10yrs) and Lily(7yrs) both had oral surgery 2 weeks ago. They had two abscessed molars each. Rose lost a couple more little teeth..Lily had 9 pulled, total. Two of her incisors were loose. She has very few teeth left. Both girls came home with sutures! I was so shocked and sad. The total bill for both was $1700!! I have been brushing their teeth every day since they were puppies. Also they have had regular dentals! My vet said it can be hereditary. She told me this is a common problem in Maltese. It took them both awhile to come out of the anesthesia but they have recovered well..we are now doing Oravet once a week, daily brushing, a dental additive in the drinking water, and a dental spray..$$$. I never saw that coming..
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Old 04-19-2017, 10:12 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Poor baby!! How old is she? I also think this could happen to Ozzie. He has only had one removed but we have been softening his food lately because it is harder for him to chew treats and kibble. The vet told us most of these teeth problems are hereditary, so brushing doesn't always help!

Ozzie will probably have a cleaning very soon as he's had two skin tags pop up and despite the cone of shame and some ointment the vet gave us for them, he won't leave them alone so they'll have to be removed so we'll do a dental as well since he'll be put under.
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Wow April, that was quite an ordeal for them. They bounce back fast usually but still....
I do remember feeling so badly when Jodi lost teeth during dentals. I just felt sad about it too.
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Glad that Sweetness is okay. In rescue we keep getting older dogs surrendered to us (7+) and every one of them has come to us desperately needing a dental. None of the parents have ever gotten one done and it's the dogs who suffer from it so thanking all of you who do what you can and get those dentals done. Our most recent east coast AMAR rescue, Lucky needed every tooth in his mouth extracted. The potential adopter freaked when she heard it but I explained about their teeth and also it wasn't his fault. I saw color pix from the vet -- wish I could add them here to show you. He had a fissure in his mouth and lost a tooth from it and there was a HOLE FROM HIS MOUTH TO HIS NOSE. That poor baby. The vet was able to suture it and he's doing great. The woman did go through with his adoption and adores him but I really wish more people knew about the need for dentals. Tyler gets one every year in addition to my brushing and using the Emmi Pet and he's only lost 2 teeth - one fractured from an antler and he lost the other because of placement. He's 8 so I consider us lucky but know it could change at his next visit.
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Glad that Sweetness is okay. In rescue we keep getting older dogs surrendered to us (7+) and every one of them has come to us desperately needing a dental. None of the parents have ever gotten one done and it's the dogs who suffer from it so thanking all of you who do what you can and get those dentals done. Our most recent east coast AMAR rescue, Lucky needed every tooth in his mouth extracted. The potential adopter freaked when she heard it but I explained about their teeth and also it wasn't his fault. I saw color pix from the vet -- wish I could add them here to show you. He had a fissure in his mouth and lost a tooth from it and there was a HOLE FROM HIS MOUTH TO HIS NOSE. That poor baby. The vet was able to suture it and he's doing great. The woman did go through with his adoption and adores him but I really wish more people knew about the need for dentals. Tyler gets one every year in addition to my brushing and using the Emmi Pet and he's only lost 2 teeth - one fractured from an antler and he lost the other because of placement. He's 8 so I consider us lucky but know it could change at his next visit.
NMR sees the same thing. I'm fortunate to have one of the best vet dentists only 45 minutes away. And he was honest that he could try to save one or two but they would come out in 6 - 9 months anyway so save the canines and make her mouth healthy again. The frustrating thing is her teeth were clean - he said her's were some of the cleanest teeth he's ever had come out! It was bone loss and that is largely genetics.

And she's doing fine. She was very playful Wednesday so I stopped the pain meds (still have a day's worth left) and yesterday she even got into "doggy smackdown" with Tessa. So all is good!
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Well, she's almost toothless. She had 8 teeth going into yesterday's dental and she's only got her two upper canines left.

She had no tarter or calculus and no gum disease, but she had very little bone supporting the teeth so they were all very loose and falling out. Our vet referred us to a dental specialist and he was wonderful. During the initial consult, he said that bone grafts in the molars and premolars of very small dogs aren't usually successful so he recommended extracting those and trying to save the canines if that was at all possible. The procedure took almost two hours, and she did very well. She's a little mopey today but I would be too if I'd had that much oral surgery!

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Maggie, I am so happy for you and Sweetness. I am grateful that you shared why Sweetness had to have so many teeth extracted. Almost the same thing happened to Snowball in late October. He had fourteen teeth extracted and I was stunned at the time. (He still has twelve left) It was a shock ... because like, Sweetness ... there was not any plaque and his teeth were white. His teeth were loosening due to bone loss. I have always and still continue to clean his teeth every day.

You, too, were blessed to have such a wonderful doctor and staff for Sweetness. I am still in awe that with all Snowball's teeth extractions, and especially with his big risk for anesthesia (due to last year's heart attack) ... he still did so well. When he came home he had no complications what-so-ever.

Here is a picture of Snowball with his Earth Angel dentist Dr. Chamberlain. Note the *Welcome Back, Snowball* that greeted us as we walked into the examining room. Sorry the pictures are upside down ... kind of like my day so far. LOL

Please give Sweetness some gentle hugs from me.
Marie - Dr. Chamberlain is "our" dentist too! He was actually the one that discovered that my cat, Isaiah had a tumor in his mouth...this was after months and months of various other vets trying to figure out what was wrong with him.
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Poor Sweetness. A little over 2 years ago when Lacie was 10, she had her remaining 26 teeth removed all at the same time. This was mostly due to the bone loss. A few might have been due to tartar and plaque, but mostly due to bone loss. She now has only 2 teeth left (her 2 bottom K-9s). It took forever because she had to have stitches where many of her teeth were extracted. I felt so bad for her, but once her gums had healed, she was fine. She has to have only soft food which is fine because I home cook. The one good thing is that I don't have to worry about putting her under anethesia again for a dental.

I hope Sweetness will do as well without her teeth. Hugs and kisses from Awntie Lynn.
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Poor Sweetness and Snowball. I can totally relate. My Rose(10yrs) and Lily(7yrs) both had oral surgery 2 weeks ago. They had two abscessed molars each. Rose lost a couple more little teeth..Lily had 9 pulled, total. Two of her incisors were loose. She has very few teeth left. Both girls came home with sutures! I was so shocked and sad. The total bill for both was $1700!! I have been brushing their teeth every day since they were puppies. Also they have had regular dentals! My vet said it can be hereditary. She told me this is a common problem in Maltese. It took them both awhile to come out of the anesthesia but they have recovered well..we are now doing Oravet once a week, daily brushing, a dental additive in the drinking water, and a dental spray..$$$. I never saw that coming..
April - I did all those things with Lacie and had religiously brushed her teeth daily since she was a baby. None of it helped, and our dental specialist said it is just part of the Maltese breed. I tried everything to save her teeth, but nothing seemed to help. Now I'm just happy that I won't have to worry about putting her under anethesia anymore for dentals.
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Poor Sweetness.....I know I always feel bad when my pups need multiple extractions.

I hope she's back to herself by today.


I never brush any of my dogs teeth...never did. And through the years, I've seen many maltese or any small dogs go through extractions at each cleaning. It's all heredity. They either have good teeth..or not. Some of my dogs have good ones, some don't. Of course this is just my opinion.
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