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Old 02-09-2009, 02:19 PM   #1
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Default Not good news with Rebel's dental today

Well, the good news is - Lucy has beautiful, healthy teeth. The bad news is - Rebel doesn't...........

The vet has always told me that his dark, discolored teeth were due to a touch of distemper when he was tiny. NOT. After a lot of consulting today when I left him for his cleaning, it's been confirmed that he has enamel hypoplasia. The enamel on his teeth didn't form correctly. Our vet has been in business a LONG time, and this is only the second case he's ever seen.

They had to pull NINE (9) of my baby's teeth! They were BAD!

I am so upset right now. I just got home with the babies and Rebel cried all the way home and into the house. I bought soft food for him during lunch and gave him a little when we got home. He ate a little bit, and is stretched out in the sunshine on the back screened porch. He is PITIFUL! His little ears are laid down and he isn't interested in anything.

Please say a prayer for my Rebel - he's breaking my heart!
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Poor little Rebel. He needs a bunch of pity 'cause that's what we do for our babies.
Will you be home cooking for him? I think he'd really LIKE that.
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Old 02-09-2009, 02:26 PM   #3
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Poor little Rebel. He needs a bunch of pity 'cause that's what we do for our babies.
Will you be home cooking for him? I think he'd really LIKE that.
Definitely! I've got a chicken breast going in one pot and rice in another. This baby is going to get GOOD soft food for a while.

Poor baby, I can't stand for him to hurt
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So what does this mean for Rebel?
Are his teeth expected to be okay?
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Old 02-09-2009, 04:59 PM   #5
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Gosh, I hope he feels better soon! I sure hope they sent him home w/ plenty of pain medication.
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Poor little guy... He is in my thoughts and prayers!
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Aww hopefully he will feel better soon.
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I just went to a dental seminar and the vet said that most teeth are really not needed for dogs anymore. That really all they need is the back grinders and all the others can be pulled w/o the dogs having problems. They will usually try to save the canines, but only because they "look" better. I hope that helps On dogs with horrible teeth they sometimes have to pull every single tooth and the dogs are still fine, but have to eat soft canned food after that.
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Old 02-10-2009, 04:17 AM   #9
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Thanks everyone! And Wreenee4 - I appreciate your post. I've been worried sick and called the vet again. He said dogs have 44 teeth and that since he removed the bad ones, Reb should be fine. We'll have to really watch his dental hygiene and be careful not to give him hard treats (stuff like nylabones which I don't give the babies anyway).

He has all his front teeth, the bad ones were closer to the back on top and bottom.

He seems to feel OK this morning. I mixed soft food (boiled chicken) into his dry with a little broth and the little booger scarfed it up and tried to get Lucy's hard food.

God bless 'im - I held them both and rocked them last night. Rebel cried the whole time. I checked on him during the night and he was out like a light.
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I know your baby will feel better soon.
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Poor Rebel!I feel for the little guy.My Lily just had 10 teeth pulled a week ago today.She looked so miserable when i went and got her it made me want to cry.She bounced back in 3 days and now cant even tell she had it done.Shes even back to the harder kibble.Hope he does good!
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Poor Rebel!I feel for the little guy.My Lily just had 10 teeth pulled a week ago today.She looked so miserable when i went and got her it made me want to cry.She bounced back in 3 days and now cant even tell she had it done.Shes even back to the harder kibble.Hope he does good!
Thank you for telling me about Lily. I think the reason I feel so bad is that Reb is only 2 years old. He turned 2 in August and I just don't him to have long term dental problems. He's such a happy little guy!

Could I ask why Lily's teeth had to be removed? Did she have problems similar to Reb's?
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Thank you for telling me about Lily. I think the reason I feel so bad is that Reb is only 2 years old. He turned 2 in August and I just don't him to have long term dental problems. He's such a happy little guy!

Could I ask why Lily's teeth had to be removed? Did she have problems similar to Reb's?
Well most of them were retained baby teeth.She did have a few that were pulled due to decay.Lily is only 3 years old.I brushed her teeth with Petzlife almost ever day and also used the petzlife spray at night and it did not keep the decay away.My vet said that she thought that she had week enamel on her teeth.So im thinking that its along the line of the same thing?She said that she should do good as long as i bring her in for a dental and a fluoride application at least once a year.
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Aww, poor sweet Rebel. I hope he is doing better today!
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Awe poor sweet Rebel, I hope that he is feeling better soon. Hugs from Copper and me
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