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Tooth Extraction Boo!

Somehow Newtie manged to break a good chunk of his upper right molar off and they feel it needs to come out. I'm still trying to figure out what he did it on. Brandy had the same thing happen but she had access to antlers and Himalayan chews, which we have never given Newtie for this very reason. Very frustrating!
The appointments on the 25th and even though I know it's pretty routine, I'm going to be (already am) a nervous wreak. My baby!!!
Anyone have a wet food that their dogs love? He'll be on soft foods for a few days and he never really liked the stuff we gave Brandy (Canidae chicken and rice).

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Oh sad! Are they really sure it needs to be extracted? Second opinion? I always have a fear of that happening with my kids.

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They said I could go to a specialist and have a root canal done, but that's not something we can afford right now. I don't think it's bugging him too much yet, but it's cleaved off through the enamel into the dentin so it's only a matter of time before it will cause problems.

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Aw we had a broken tooth with Zeus as well! Ended up being two. We think he broke it on a hard chew toy, so now all he gets are rubber chews and (very sparingly) something edible like a bully stick. We have some Himalayan chews but Im afraid they might be too hard!

In any case, after his extraction we soaked his usual kibble in water until it was soft and he ate it that way. Could you try that?
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I could soak, but he’s picky on the best of days and will often leave it sit. I was hoping to have something tasty to really stir his appetite.

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Oh, Newtie.

Richter fractured a tooth, too, a few years ago. My vet said that there are so many ways they can do it, and that dogs really need to chew. There's a risk with pretty much every single thing they chew and you can't beat yourself up about what you offer them. Some dogs are also just more prone to tooth fracture. I wouldn't beat yourself up about it - it happens. He'll be just fine.

You could try soaking his kibble.

Does he like something like dehydrated raw? Something like Honest Kitchen is super mushy.

Have you tried any of the "chunky" canned foods that are still soft? Proplan has some. The Focus line has several that are called like "slices" or "chunks".


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One of the things that has worked for the occasionally 'picky' dogs I've had to feed something soft to was to cook a bunch of chicken hind quarters (cheap but more attractive to dogs than breasts) peel the meat off them, save the water they were cooked in--overcook a batch of white rice (usually directions say two parts water to one part rice--use a little more water and cook a little longer so the rice is soft--chop the chicken up mix with the rice add the broth back--keep a couple days worth in the refrigerator and freeze the rest in small containers and thaw as needed.

Even very picky dogs will usually eat this.

Good luck--knock on wood I've only ever had one tooth extracted--and it had nothing to do with what that dog (a very aggressive chewer) was chewing. I saw it happen--he and one of the other dogs were face fighting (as in play) and I heard a click--so did the dogs they stopped and both of them were looking in the rug--I found it first--a chip of enamel. Looked in the dogs mouths and it was the front face of an incisor next to the canine--lower, right side. Of course that was the dog that needed something like 2 singles to finish.

The dental tech at the clinic where I work looked at him the next morning. She said "Finish him...we'll take it out when he gets the last two points..."

Good luck--hope the chicken and rice works for him. Any of my dogs would suck up cans of 'Old Roy' is that was offered but then they are the dogs who can evaporate two cups of kibble plus extras in 45 seconds max.

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Thanks for the ideas! I’ll have to grab a few and try them.

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MeadowCat mentioned Honest Kitchen. They have several different varieties. McCoy gets the chicken as a topper. He loves it. It takes a couple of minutes to hydrate and then you are good to go.

BTW... We have had 2 boys who have broken molars. One was extracted immediately with great results. The other, we left in while keeping an eye on it. For some reason, it never bothered him and never went bad. He used it for the rest of his life.

And yes, we do tend to freak out when our pups incur even minor injuries.
A while back, I got nervous over a ripped out toenail of all things. LOL. McCoy didn't even notice it! If it had been my toenail, I would have grabbed a bandaid and called it good... I made him go to the vet.

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The vet that did Newtie's dental work on Thursday recommended that we actually keep that tooth in for now. The roots are all healthy and it's not bothering him. He ended up getting a teeth cleaning and that's it! We just have to stay away from chewing on hard things, so I took all his Nylabones and Benebones away. They did mention that there are chips out of several other teeth so he must be a lot harder chewer than I thought!

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