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Old 05-18-2007, 07:13 PM   #1
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Default 11 year old lab -tooth extraction

I just noticed 2 days ago that my old dog has a broken tooth. It looked bad and I took him to the vet. They were shocked that he wasn't in a lot of pain yet but figured since its a pale pink it means it was just done recently and hasn't had a chance to get infected yet. Because he's so old they wanted to do a whole range of blood tests to see if he could handle a general anaesthetic surgery. This particular tooth is really hard to get out of big dogs so they're expecting it to take a lot of time to do it. $800 is my quote! Wow! I had no idea it would be that much money! The results came back that although he's on thyroid meds that seems to be well under control. He's on anti-inflammatories for a possibly arthritic foot and he seems to have mild pancreasitis but is not suffering. Looking at the results the vet sees no reason why he can't have the surgery. I just thought I'd share the picture I took last night because I just couldn't believe how badly his tooth could break! It looks like he has bad teeth but the vet said he's in excellent dental condition, he's just getting yellow teeth from age. His gums are black and pink so that's what you see in the picture... The tooth thats broken is the one in the lower left side of the picture. All the pink you see on it actually extends behind it where you can't see it. Thats all pulp from inside the tooth with all the nerve endings exposed supposedly. Ouch! He's being operated on Thursday. Wish us luck that he gets through it safely! Anyone else have experience after surgery like this? What should I watch for? If the blood test results had shown anything else I probably would have put him down, but the vet said other than this he's great and she see's no reason not to do this.

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Old 05-18-2007, 07:18 PM   #2
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His teeth are in excellent condition!.
I'm so sorry you have to take him through this!.
Will cross fingers that all goes well!.
keep us posted on the recovery.
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Thanks! We don't give him much other than dog biscuits and dry dog food. He now gets a 1/2 a slice of cheese twice a day to wrap his thyroid meds in but thats all. He's a tough guy, I'm hoping he'll do fine. He's been such an amazing dog since we got him at 7 weeks from the pound.

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Old 05-21-2007, 10:14 AM   #4
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Exclamation severe toothache in 11 year old dog

Well, it took quite a few days and now my dog is panting constantly, pacing, whining and not laying down. I'm thinking the pain is all of a sudden hitting him. He's on Meloxicam for arthritis pain but it doesn't seem to be helping. I am so upset that the vet can't get him in for the tooth extraction until Thursday! And they didn't give me any extra pain meds for him! I don't know what to do to help him until Thursday. Of course today is a holiday, should I call the after hours number (really expensive) or just let him suffer until Thursday's $800 operation?

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2blackdogs, I am not a verterinarian and I have no medical training so I have no business giving advice. Please do not take what I am going to say as advice.
We have been known to give Zircon a 1/4 tablet of Endocet / Percocet when he had a snout full of porcupine quills and we had to wait until the vet was open the next day. I admit that I have not gone to the trouble to find out whether the active ingredients in these drugs (acetaminophen and oxycodone) are safe for canines. since it was only short term.
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Thanks Skunk. I wonder if its contraindicated by taking Meloxicam at the same time though? Since thats an anti-inflamatory that helps with pain it might be a problem with another pain med? I wish they were open today. With the $800 for the operation alone I really didn't want to add the cost of an after-hours phone call to it!

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Try Arnica 30,it's homeopathic and should help.You give him 3 pellets in the mouth,every 3 hrs.
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Arnica 30, would that be at a health food store?

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Arnica 30, would that be at a health food store?
Yes!!A friend of mine,studies homeopathy for animal and humans and told me to use it for Priska as we don't dare give her,anymore,painkillers cos of the risk of internal bleeding.
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Thanks for the info! No stores are open yet though. He's just been pacing around since 3 this morning and its now 7:51! Poor guy...

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