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post #1 of 38 (permalink) Old 06-19-2008, 09:24 PM Thread Starter
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Havanna is now 6 months old. For several weeks, she has been losing her baby teeth. I have found two in our house. Having read many threads on the Forum about Havanese having a difficulty time losing all their baby teeth, I was worried because I wasn't sure what to look for. We are currently taking obedience classes, so I asked the trainer Tuesday night about Havanna's baby teeth. The trainer has 32 years experience training dogs, raised Shelties for 15 years, and is an AKC judge. She looked at Havanna's teeth and said her canines needed to be removed. Her adult ones are almost all the way in and her babies are still present and not loose at all. I phoned the vet the next day and scheduled an appointment to have Havanna's canines removed (we had had a previous discussion about Havanese having a difficult time losing their baby teeth; my vet has no experience with Havanese). I asked that they also remove the hair in her ears while they had her sedated. I took Havanna into the vet at 8am this morning and left her. At 4:05pm, they called and said she was ready. They informed me that they hadn't taken out her canines; the vet felt that they would come out on their own when the adult ones were all the way in. He told me to wait until she was 7 months old, then he'd take them out if they were still in her mouth. I was livid. AND they informed me that this visit would cost me $40, as they'd gone ahead and sedated her and plucked the hair from her ears. Am I wrong to be so angry? Would you wait the extra month or would you get a new vet?

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I'd either trust the vet, or if I were in any way skeptical about his decisions, I'd find a new one.

My Molly had the same situation, so when we had her spayed (at 7 months) the vet removed the baby teeth that weren't coming out on their own.

My inclination is to feel that the vet acted in your pup's best interest...I'd rather have a vet who didn't perform a procedure that he felt is not necessary. $40 is what I pay for each visit.

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I think I would find a new vet because he had not assessed her teeth prior to sedation. I also think your charge is very cheap--like an office visit so maybe not so bad.

Will Havanna be spayed? Baby tooth extraction often occurs with the spay/neutering.
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Well if you made the appt to have them pulled and the vet put her under and did not pull them, he shouldn't have charged you the $40. I wouldn't have paid the $40 since they did not do what I had asked. Unless the vet determined that it would have caused more harm then good to have them pulled. Which I can't see.
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I'm sorry, I didn't make myself very clear. The vet decided when he looked at her teeth not to pull any; he only sedated her to pluck the hair from her ears. The $40 was really irrelevant...it was the fact he sedated her JUST TO PLUCK THE HAIR that made me angry.

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I have read on this forum where quite a few people have had teeth extracted,but I never did with Quincy at all.He lost his teeth and I would find them occasionally. Maybe you just had read so much about it here that you thought it necessary? IDK---but I would believe your vet. Mine would also not remove teeth he felt was unnecessary to remove and I'd respect him for that.....but that's me.

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Our posts crossed------oh yes,I can not imagine being sedated for ear hair removal..Is it possible he sedated her to get a better look at her teeth that he couldn't see otherwise?

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At the very least he should have called you to inform you that in his opinion the teeth didn't need removed and to ask you if you wanted to proceed with the ear hair removal. Unless of course he came to that opinion AFTER she was sedated. By sedation do you mean anesthetic? If so that is very cheap.

Still, I really don't understand the big difference between removing teeth at 6 mo vs 7 mo. Unless he wanted the adult teeth to be fully in before removing the baby teeth?

Sorry, I am talking in circles. I guess I'm kind of confused? Did he or did he not put her under an anesthetic for hair removal? If he did I'd be very angry and get a new vet.

Tessa had to have her canines and a molar removed when she was spayed. There was no question they needed to be removed since her adult teeth had been in for quite a while and she had a double row. she looked like a shark, lol!

P.S. just noticed she was there for eight hours? wow, seems kind of long for ear hair removal. Something just seems off about this. Tessa's spay took less time than this!

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I would be REALLY upset if my vet put my dog under anethesia for hair removal from the ears!!! Even if it was only $40, I'd be livid. How stupid is that?

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It's hard to say where the communication failed but I would never want my dog sedated unnecessarily and would be very upset if this happened to any of mine. I think it would be wise for you to request a call from the Dr. to disuss it then make your mind up if you want to switch or not. Normally teeth that are retained are removed when the dog is put under for being spayed or neutered. It sounds like some lack of communication somewhere along the way about wanting sedation for the hair to be plucked from the ears???? It's important to have a good relationship with the Dr. AND THE STAFF and the staff with the Dr. It's a whole package deal to work effectively. I hope you get the answers you want and get it straightned out.

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