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Veterinary Dentist

Hey guys.

My dog (12 year old lab in great condition health wise) needs some dental work.

She gets her teeth cleaned about every year and a half at the vet. However, last time, they told us she needed to have 12 teeth pulled out.

She already had a few teeth missing from birth, and another 12 worries me that it might affect her quality of life (as she loves eating!).

When I asked if they ever fix teeth (like they do in humans), they said no, only pull them out.

So I was wondering if anyone knows of a Veterinary Dentist that actually fixes teeth to give us a few more options.

Thank you all kindly for any advice and input.

- Budha
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I sympathize with you and your dog.

My cat is 12.5 years old and had a few teeth pulled three months ago. He had been eating dry food from the time he was 6 months old and had no choice but to switch to wet food. The vet told me that, as his gums heal, they will harden over and he may go back to eating dry food. This is exactly what has happened and he's now eating a mixture of dry food pellets and wet food. He's now back to his old self because the bothersome teeth were removed and his gums have healed.
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audit13 wrote:
Dec 13th, 2018 4:02 pm
I sympathize with you and your dog.

My cat is 12.5 years old and had a few teeth pulled three months ago. He had been eating dry food from the time he was 6 months old and had no choice but to switch to wet food. The vet told me that, as his gums heal, they will harden over and he may go back to eating dry food. This is exactly what has happened and he's now eating a mixture of dry food pellets and wet food. He's now back to his old self because the bothersome teeth were removed and his gums have healed.
That is the same thing my vet said. However, it just seems like so many teeth. It is worrisome.

Her gums are actually in pretty good condition.
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babybudha wrote:
Dec 13th, 2018 4:46 pm
That is the same thing my vet said. However, it just seems like so many teeth. It is worrisome.

Her gums are actually in pretty good condition.
The problem with trying to fix the teeth, as explained to me by the vet, is the small size of the teeth and jaw.

I hope your dog isn't in any pain. Before my cat's surgery, he spent 90% of his time sleeping. He was probably feeling a lot of discomfort before the surgery and for about a week after. He's fine now and I regret not having his teeth checked much sooner.
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audit13 wrote:
Dec 13th, 2018 5:12 pm
The problem with trying to fix the teeth, as explained to me by the vet, is the small size of the teeth and jaw.

I hope your dog isn't in any pain. Before my cat's surgery, he spent 90% of his time sleeping. He was probably feeling a lot of discomfort before the surgery and for about a week after. He's fine now and I regret not having his teeth checked much sooner.
Yes, my Vet mentioned he doesn't like working on cat teeth (gets his wife, who is also a Vet to work on them) because they are so small and fragile (compared to a dog), and require a special touch.

I don't expect to spare the smaller teeth, but I hate the idea of pulling out all (or most of) her back molars.

She doesn't seem to be in any pain at all, and there are no abscesses or anything like that.
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Bump. Anyone else know of a actual "Vet Dentist?"
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If those 12 teeth need to be pulled, then get them pulled. Animals do not display pain the same as humans and I guarantee they hurt.

Dogs and cats can frequently require teeth to be pulled and the damage may only be visable under the gumline, such as bone loss and abscesses.

No there are no "dentists", and if such a thing existed it would cost absurd amounts. Dogs 99.9% of the time don't even get their teeth brushed once daily so really, what would be the point? Pulling 12 teeth as it is will be extremely costly.

Veterinarians that pull the teeth however do have skill at taking and interrupting dental x-rays and removing the teeth correctly. Sometimes going to a dental specialist is required, as not all vets have the knowledge to correctly remove teeth. It can be difficult.
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You won't find many vets that do fillings on dogs. If you google it you may find some in GTA. The pricing may surprise you.

Our dog has a bad ulcerative gingivitis and the ultimate solution is to have all his teeth removed to prevent the reoccurrence of the ulcers. We had the same feelings as you but our new vet assured us he will adapt. They are designed to adapt to challenges. He has a dog with no teeth and the receptionist has a cat with no teeth and both are doing fine. The gums harden and they adapt.
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babybudha wrote:
Dec 13th, 2018 3:15 pm

So I was wondering if anyone knows of a Veterinary Dentist that actually fixes teeth to give us a few more options.
This vet is in Etobicoke. Based on the list of services, it sounds like they do this type of dentistry. They also mention the possibility of a referral to a "dental specialist." To me, that would seem to be something that other vets could do also.

http://www.bloormillvet.ca/our-services.pml
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audit13 wrote:
Dec 13th, 2018 4:02 pm
I sympathize with you and your dog.

My cat is 12.5 years old and had a few teeth pulled three months ago. He had been eating dry food from the time he was 6 months old and had no choice but to switch to wet food. The vet told me that, as his gums heal, they will harden over and he may go back to eating dry food. This is exactly what has happened and he's now eating a mixture of dry food pellets and wet food. He's now back to his old self because the bothersome teeth were removed and his gums have healed.
If you guys are still following this thread - switch to prepared raw food - if you have a Global Pet Foods store near you - they usually have the best selection. The food is soft - you just defrost it and it's good quality/natural ingredients. Of course, it's best to just give real raw food but the prepared raw you defrost will become soft and easy to eat for dogs/cats with either no teeth or only a bit of teeth left.
You could look at 'softer chew toys' as well - as they still should chew on something - for the teeth left but also most dogs need something to do and the chewing is good in general. Always supervise, too, if you give them something.
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Never knew this was a thing. My family dogs usually spit out bad teeth lol. Both lived to be 18-20. Just curious, what would a tooth extraction cost ?
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Deevusone wrote:
Jan 26th, 2019 8:07 pm
I was looking for a vet dentist as well and found the following vet Weldrick Animal Hospital
Those costs seem pretty reasonable.

We ended up just sticking to the vet clinic that we always go to (they have 4 vets there). I have a lot of confidence in them. They are very meticulous and thorough. Plus they take extra precautions I believe to minimize the risk of anesthesia (however I may be wrong).

My girl is a 12.5 year old lab. However, for 12.5 years old, she is in very good shape health wise (and in my honest opinion, she looks younger then most 8-9 year old labs). We hope to have her around for a few more years if possible.

She ended up having 9 teeth extracted yesterday (she still has 27 left I believe). She is doing great. Only mad at us a little because we can't give her any treats for a few days.

It cost us a little over 2k. While we are not rich (rarely take vacations etc.), we are fortunate to be able to pay for the treatment. I believe pet ownership comes along with great responsibilities that we take seriously (although I am not berating those who have fallen into difficult financial situations in which they cannot afford such treatments).

To us, she is more than just a dog, She is the family psychiatric, anti-depressant and 100% part of our family.

We gladly sacrifice having a nicer car, vacations.....etc, to keep her well and happy.

Thank you all who have provided input.

PS. I cannot overstate the importance of brushing your dogs/cats teeth regularly (at least once every 48hr, as it takes 48hrs for plaque to harden into tarter, in which you cannot then just brush off). Learn from my past mistake. It will save you a lot of money in the long run, and keep your pet healthier and happier!
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babybudha wrote:
Jan 30th, 2019 9:11 am
PS. I cannot overstate the importance of brushing your dogs/cats teeth regularly (at least once every 48hr, as it takes 48hrs for plaque to harden into tarter, in which you cannot then just brush off). Learn from my past mistake. It will save you a lot of money in the long run, and keep your pet healthier and happier!
I have a 3yr old Retriever who has built up tarter. How effective are those tooth scalers for pets? Any other effective methods to remove the tarter?

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