Following up to my earlier post . . . When Shama went in for her teeth cleaning, the X-ray showed that she needed to have two crown amputations due to resorptive lesions and four extractions due to exposed roots (all) and bone loss (two). Here's a good article I found on the topic:
Our vet, whom we really trust, noted on the paperwork, "All the problem teeth are gone! This will allow her remaining teeth a better chance for long-term health." So Shama had six teeth removed (due to either crown amputation or extraction), and she was already missing eight teeth (adult teeth that never came in - I wonder how common that is?), so now she only has 28 out of 42 teeth. (I'd heard before the comment that it's really something that all dogs, from the largest to the the tiniest have 42 teeth; humans only have 32 teeth . . .) One of the vet techs reassured us that Shama would be fine with only 28 teeth, especially since all those removed had been premolars (see article link below). She told us that her rescue dog has NO teeth and still lives a fine life. (We are also wondering if the reason she pawed at her face so much was because her teeth hurt?)
Here's a link to an article about the function of canine teeth:
Coincidentally my DH and I had dentist appointments the following day, and our dentist told me that there's a long-standing joke among dentists that the best way to prevent tooth decay and gum disease would be to pull every other tooth out of the human mouth in order to allow for thorough cleaning of all the remaining teeth!
I wanted to ask the forum members if anyone has good ideas for playing with Shama since she can't have chew toys for SEVEN days while her sutures heal? We did some agility training (from my online class, "Building and Maintaining a Start Line (Stay)) yesterday, using soft food to treat, and we also went for a walk at Lowe's (pet friendly store), but we think she's bored as she's used to entertaining herself with her toys and with her bully springs and playing with toys with us.
I also wanted to show you how neatly and discretely they shaved Shama's leg for her IV. I'd been afraid a 2-2-inch patch of her long coat would be gone, but you can't even tell she was shaved. The first three pictures below show her lying on my lap (which is how I position her when I groom her hair, face, chest, and belly). She is standing in the fourth picture (even though I think it looks like she's sitting). She was so thirsty the night after her appointment, but she wasn't allowed to drink or eat until the next day. (The vet tech told us she'd received plenty of fluid through the IV.) When my DH had his head turned, she jumped onto the end table and started drinking out of his glass of milk. Later, when he'd turned on the shower to let the water get hot before going in, she'd walked into the shower to get some water! (BTW, either the antibiotic or the painkiller she's taking is making her need to pee more often than usual. Just a heads up for anyone whose dog will be having a procedure at some point. We didn't notice that when she was spayed . . .)
How is Henry doing now?