Life just doesn't seems to be simple for me right now. I took two of my dogs - Papillons who just turned three - in to the vet for a dental cleaning Tuesday. One ended up having surgery while he was there - needed two teeth cut out. He had two "missing" premolars - not unusual for a toy breed - but what was really missing was the fact that only one of them was actually missing. The other one had just not erupted - and it was rotated and impacted the molar next to it. The crown of the molar was actually fractured under the gum line. So, the un-erupted premolar and the broken molar's roots had to be cut out. Bless his little heart!
And, it makes me sad to think that the molar could have been saved if we had acted earlier - and worst of all that he may have been in some discomfort all this time. He didn't act like he was in pain, but dogs can be funny that way sometimes. They just carry on and have high tolerance for pain, especially if its a pain that was chronic and they adapted to it.
Well, no sense crying over split milk, although I am going to go back through all of his records to see if there was EVER any mention of needing to x-ray these missing pre-molars. I would have done it right away if the vet said it was needed. I have always used the same vet here - and they are a fully accredited hospital with top ratings - only 12% of vets meet these criteria. And, we keep the dogs insured and are very fastidious about their care. And, yet somehow his poor mouth slipped through the cracks! Damn!
At least there were no other complications, like infection or encapsulating cyst. He does seem to be recovering well so hopefully he will be feeling better than ever soon.