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      Tooth extraction

      Hi all....new health woes for my labradaughter (lol). After 2 TPLO's, hardware removal/meniscus trim. auto immune disease (ITP).....all in her 2 short years of life....Quinn has broken 2 teeth. Yes, bones are evil *sigh. I attribute the broken teeth to her newly aggressive chewing due to the prednisone (extreme hunger from high dose) that she is on to treat her auto immune disease. That's a different problem we are dealing with.

      Anyways, just wondering about recovery and how well Quinn can manage chewing after the extraction. Do they easily adapt to chewing on the one side of healthy teeth? She is a big chewer so I'm worried she wont have that enjoyment in her life to enjoy her bully sticks. Anything you can offer about surgery and post op is appreciated. The picture shows the slab fracture on the bottom (slab piece has broken off now) and the chipped upper (pre?) molar where pulp is exposed

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      She'll be able to eat/chew just fine.

      You probably already know this, but don't allow her to have anything to chew on that's too hard for you to want to hit yourself over the head with. (description provided by a vet dentist when our Danny had chipped teeth and slab fractures at a young age....from hard dental chews) No bones, no Nylabones (she'll rip up the ones that are soft enough to be OK for her teeth and possibly end up with a blockage...again, experience here), no pressed rawhide, etc.

      Bully sticks are fine. Our guys get lamb's ears (easier to digest than pig or cow) and a couple of types of dental things that don't last enough to be called chews but eliminate the need to brush teeth after eating them)...also big Old Mother Hubbard biscuits.

      It was tough making the transition...my two were chewing fools when they had their hard things to keep them occupied.

      Good luck. Oh, and recuperation from the extraction shouldn't be an issue....just follow the instructions you're given to make sure things heal uneventfully.
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      Several of our labs have had to have extractions. They did very well. Started them on canned ground up food then put the kibble in a blender and break it up, add water and let soak. Gradually increase the size of the kibble. They don't really chew their food, more like gulping it down but did not want to irritate the situation. Go by your vet's suggestions of course.
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      Same experience as SunDance and PopTop. Our boy had a slab fracture of a carnassial tooth but we would never have known it from his behavior. I had let them chew on raw beef bones, he especially liked the beef knuckle bones, and that's what we suspected were the culprits. He recovered easily, following the dental vet's instructions. I think it was maybe 2 weeks before he was back to regular kibble that hadn't been soaked to total mush.

      Their recommendation was not to let them chew on anything we couldn't bend. I don't give hard bones any more but do let Lark chew rawhides for a little bit each day, dental chews, NoHide chews. It's hard to find something that she can chew on that lasts for any period of time, that's why I do let her chew the super thick wholesome hide bones for a while but not long enough to tear much off.
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      no experience with teeth but OMG! what a list of surgeries!

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      My Tootsie had to have a tooth removed. Sarah is a hard chewer and has already had one molar removed several years ago and now has an appointment to check another molar on the other side of her mouth.

      I would use moist food for at least 10 days to two weeks, your vet should give you a schedule after surgery as already stated. I would feed in small amounts the first day as my Coleman almost chocked still under the influence of the anesthesia, even though he was up and alert that evening. He was eating kibble but still I would caution.

      Since they dont' have an upper tooth the two bottom teeth below the tooth removed will need to be brushed. I buy doggie toothpaste from drs foster and smith and my dental hygienist gives me little kid tooth brushes for my girls, Sarah has Dory and Ginger has Minnie and Mickie mouse but they also sell doggie tooth brushes. I wanted to add they do have dental wipes too if a brush won't work, I use them for my cats. Merlin has tarter build up on one molar and Tucker and Penny both have issues with their gums
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      Grace and Jed both had teeth removed. Never missed a beat!

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      Tanya......No kidding lol......thankfully her personality & stunning beauty make up for all the lemon health issues :-). Been a long road but we will get to a healthy life. I actually have YOU, Tanya, to thank for saving my sanity. Two years ago I posted here about Quinn tearing her first knee....you were supportive and recommended the TPLO facebook group. That group has helped me through 4 knee surgeries so THANK YOU :-D. See? I never forgot you, I was that grateful :-)

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      Cooper had a tooth removed a few years ago... you would never know he has it done. Good luck!!

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      Slab fractures are so common in Labs due to their aggressive chewing. Make sure she is not chewing on anything hard (sticks are always my dog's problem) during healing phase. As mentioned, never give hard bones, antlers or nylabones. We give ours raw bones and turkey necks (raw).

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