Is It Normal to Have Ten Teeth Pulled From a Ten Pound Papillon?

My papillon has some bad teeth and needed to get them pulled. I took him to the vet who pulled ten teeth from him. My dog needed I.V. sedation, and now must stay overnight. I am worried about the stress and drugs my dog must endure. Do you think the vet went over the top?

I have a better question.

Why in the world would you take your dog to a vet you thought was incompetent?

If you do not trust your vet to make decisions that are in the best interest of your dog then change vets.

Do I think your vet went over the top? No, I would not second guess someone who went to 8 years of college and was a long practicing professional.

As far as stress- your dog has been under a LOT of stress for a long time by having a mouth full of rotting teeth. Usually people remove teeth as they go bad, and not wait until their dog has nearly 25% of his teeth rotted away.

He is much better off now then when he was left untreated for all this time.

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3 Responses to Is It Normal to Have Ten Teeth Pulled From a Ten Pound Papillon?

  1. UHave2BeKiddingMe says:

    I have a better question.

    Why in the world would you take your dog to a vet you thought was incompetent?

    If you do not trust your vet to make decisions that are in the best interest of your dog then change vets.

    Do I think your vet went over the top? No, I would not second guess someone who went to 8 years of college and was a long practicing professional.

    As far as stress- your dog has been under a LOT of stress for a long time by having a mouth full of rotting teeth. Usually people remove teeth as they go bad, and not wait until their dog has nearly 25% of his teeth rotted away.

    He is much better off now then when he was left untreated for all this time.
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  2. Kaponers says:

    i hope you are saying your dog was put under general anesthetic for that procedure ?!!? IV sedation they are still awake but sleepy and having that many teeth pulled while merely sedated sounds not right to me … my 14 year old dog had 9 teeth extracted recently under general anesthetic and he came home the same day … i wouldn’t be worried about the stress or drugs, i would worry about pain … many dogs have teeth pulled, if your dog is older or has had a poor diet, or never chews, or eats wet food more than kibble, all could contribute to many teeth being pulled at once …
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  3. mothmom says:

    Unfortunately most toy and small dogs have problems with gingivitis and tooth loss. It is the plague of a small mouth and not a lot of bone in the jaw supporting the teeth.
    They can not only suffer pain from poor dental hygiene but develop body wide health issues such as infected heart valves, kidney damage etc. Up to 50% of toy dogs lose half their teeth by age 5 or 6 and dental care by a veterinarian with yearly cleaning is a must. Even then they may well lose teeth.

    There are a number of things a toy dog owner can do to help, there are enzymatic tooth pastes, gels, chewies, foods, water additives that health. Vigilance is the key…know what is going on in your dogs mouth! Get them use to having your fingers in their mouth at a young age. Use a soft cloth on your finger to massage gums and clean teeth as puppies. Start early and prolong you dog’s life and good health. Mothmom

    PS My 4 year old pap had to be "knocked out" to have two teeth taken out and a cleaning this year. He survived and so did I. Having a good vet that you have faith in is a must.
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    My vet is a great teacher! Read any good book on papillons or toy breed care in general.

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