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Roxie, 8 months, had lost all her teeth except one canine which the vet said needed to come out because the adult one was all the way in plus the baby tooth was cracked. She said "it won't fall out if it hasn't by now". That appointment was approx 3 weeks ago. I had planned to have it taken out (sedation, removal, adult canine cleaned) but was dragging my feet because of one thing or another. As a matter of fact, 'call the vet' was on my to-do list today!! (didn't get to it, of course) Well, tonight Roxie and I are playing with the frisbee and I took it from her and noticed blood on it. I looked and the baby canine was hanging on by a thread, so I gently (it took very little effort) popped it out and she seems fine... no more bleeding, no apparent pain or aggravation, she's happy, normal.

Question... is there any reason to take her to the vet to have it checked? Should I watch for anything? I've been on the fence about this vet and this has about convinced me I am going to change vets. Of course I am estatic that now I won't have to have her sedated and spend all that moo-la either.

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Unless it broke off (leaving some at the gum line or just underneath), I wouldn't bother taking her to the vet. Depending on how your vet is, you may just want to call and ask to leave a message that it did come out on its own, but I wouldn't bother with an appointment unless you think part of it is still in Roxie's mouth.

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That is good question... I wonder what you would do here. What if the root had been really long and that was why it didnt want to fall out? Or it broke where it was cracked? Could you call the vet just to ask if she still needs to come in to make sure there are no bits still in there?

I dont think changing vets just because they recommended an extraction when the tooth eventually fell out is totally necessary. It is kind of their rule that when the adult tooth is in like that the baby tooth needs to go because it could mess up the bite. The vet was probably just playing it safe. If they had told you to pull it out and the adult teeth were no where insight that might be another matter.

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That is good question... I wonder what you would do here. What if the root had been really long and that was why it didnt want to fall out? Or it broke where it was cracked? Could you call the vet just to ask if she still needs to come in to make sure there are no bits still in there?

I dont think changing vets just because they recommended an extraction when the tooth eventually fell out is totally necessary. It is kind of their rule that when the adult tooth is in like that the baby tooth needs to go because it could mess up the bite. The vet was probably just playing it safe. If they had told you to pull it out and the adult teeth were no where insight that might be another matter.

Ok... well, I won't let that be the deciding factor in switching vets. Unfortunately, there have been a few other issues. And, no, they don't ever answer questions over the phone. I have even been in the waiting room and overheard the receptionists and vet-techs saying "that person wanted a freebie over the phone" very sarcasticly. Maybe no phone answers is standard for vets?

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Er... I dont know about the phone answer thing. I had to leave message for my vet for Tito and she got back to me directly, no vet tech or anything.

Personally, when we switched vets we did it because (get ready):
1) Waited sometimes an hour after our scheduled apt time to see vet
2) Shots/dewormings, after we first got Carmen and Tito for BOTH they had an instance where they "forgot" to give them a shot that was on their list and had to catch us as we were leaving
3) They gave us Tito's paper work for rabies saying it was a 3 year shot when the City licensing people said you cant give a "3 year shot to a puppy, this is wrong" on top of forgetting to give us the paper when we left and we had to go back and get it.
4) Final straw: They gave us the run around (expensive one too) with Tito's allergies/itching which our new vet figured out in one visit.

I consider myself a very patient person. We only went to the vet for necessary things, and we didn't know of any others so we couldnt switch sooner. Luckily our new ones are quite polite, competent, and respectful of our time. It comes down to if they work for you and what makes you and the fuzzy one happy.

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My vets office appears very well run. I've never waited very long. And they seem pretty up on standard care but I guess I don't feel real confident they are "good enough" for anything but standard care. They just seem "OK". They just seem more about money than anything else... but maybe that is just the way it is and I'm too new to pet ownership to know? My husband said I was being silly... they have to make a living too. I guess I just need to read up on how to choose a quality vet, huh?

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I think it is pretty standard for most any veterinary practice that they not give advice over the phone, especially the vet techs or receptionists; however, that comment about the freebie was tacky and I would have said something at the time if I had been there. There is one obnoxious receptionist at my main vet and I've called her on her comments a couple of times. Next time, I'm talking to the manager because she is offensive when she starts her little remarks. Funny thing is she was very friendly to me today. I think she may be catching on!
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