I have been meaning to write this blog for a while but just haven’t gotten around to it. As I sit here on this cold winter day I thought I would share with everyone about Tucker’s amazing dental experience, and hope to ease some minds about the whole dentistry experience.
Tucker needed a dentistry for a while but I kept putting it off over and over again, until he broke a tooth in the winter of 2013. I knew then, I was going to have to suck it up and have a dentistry done for him. Like all people that love their pets, I didn’t want to see him under anesthetic and have him recover afterwards and dentistries can take 3-4 hours! It took me until September of 2013 to finally accept the fact it was going to have to be done (I know bad mom). I noticed his energy level wasn’t where it usually was and possibly his mouth was sore and making it hard for him to catch his toys as he once did. He was more moody, irritable and didn’t seem to have much tolerance for cuddling. The smell that came from his mouth was enough to knock someone off their feet.
Surgery day I was a wreck. Ask Megan, I shed a tear when he fell asleepJ. We had a foreign body surgery that morning so we didn’t get started until around 3 p.m. Megan scaled and polished Tucker’s teeth and noticed he had another fractured tooth that I didn’t know about. It took Dr. Michelle 90 minutes to extract the tooth. (Now I know why dentistries are so expensive). Wow what a process, I think it took every ounce of strength that Dr. Michelle had to get that stubborn tooth out. Tucker didn’t have a great recovery unfortunately he was sleepy for a few days, didn’t eat much and had diarrhea (which can be expected after dentistries).
Two weeks after the dentistry we noticed that Tucker was acting like he was 8 weeks old again. I kid you not; he was catching and pulling on his toys again. He was even back to tugging on his leash for a walk like he did when he was younger. He became so active he was starting to drive us crazy, throwing toys at us when we are watching TV (even though he gets 2 hours outside every day). He is now back to his loving self with a lot of cuddles and kisses on his face.
Instead of waiting because of my own anxiety, I really wish I had his dentistry done sooner. Tucker was in pain and I didn’t even realize it. It took the dentistry and seeing how he is today, to realize how much his mouth was bothering him. Tucker is also on the Royal Canin Dental diet and their dental sticks, which makes a huge difference in the mouth.
If you are one of those that are worried about doing a dentistry on your pet, don’t be. I wish you could see the difference it has made in Tucker. I know that it can be pricey but it is worth every dollar to have a dog that is happy, pain free, and has a healthy mouth.