Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Northern IL suburbs.
Dogs Name: Dober Dude, Rescue Min Poodle
Dogs Age: 3 yr, 7 1/2 yrs
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You need a second DVM opinion, immediately. Something is going on with that tooth. And, it IS going to get worse. You need an Xray.
When you call for your second opinion, ask if the Vets at the potential new place, perform routine preventative dentistry, or dentals, such as root canals? If they don't, maybe, there is someone in the area who they can refer that has in house equipment. Or, go to a larger hospital that offers specialists.
The attitude of, "just call us if it gets worse", is translation: "We do not do dental preventatives; we do not have the expensive dental equipment in house, nor trained dental DVM, so call us when the tooth is SO bad- when your dog is not eating- that we will put your dog under anesthesia, pull the tooth. DONE."
(Pulling a tooth is no big deal. Saving a tooth is a big deal, in that it takes alot more expertise to save a tooth, than to pull a tooth.).