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atsilver27, they said it was bad periodontal disease. The regular vet who does his checkups did prepare me for the possibility that he could lose teeth, but to me it sounded more like a general statement made to any pet owner prior to a dental cleaning. The vet who did the cleaning & extractions was a different vet from the same practice from the one we see regular for routine work. While he was under anesthesia, at least she did call me before she proceeded to explain the severity of the problem and get my authorization to extract. She made her finding after x-rays and an ultrasonic cleaning to see what the teeth looked like under the plaque build up. Apparently it was clear from the x-rays that he teeth were a mess from underneath.
Looking back, I guess there were always signs. Before the tooth extraction, he had always refused hard treats. He seemed to struggle a bit when eating hard food, like juggling the food around in his mouth. He had times when he would lay down and go quiet, looking and acting as though he didn’t feel good. We just never put 2 and 2 together that it was all related to bad teeth.
Suzi, yes he has always had bad breath from the time he was a puppy.