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I was just wondering if anyone has ever had to have their dog's teeth cleaned while under?

We have an appointment with the vet on Monday to set a date to have it done. We have never had a dog with such tartar on their teeth and the vet is anxious to have it removed. We feel very good about it since his specialty is animal denistry and even clean the animals teeth at the St. Louis Zoo.

What we were wondering is what your dog felt like once they got home and what kind of diet they had to eat since I am sure their teeth and gums are very sore.

We are very nervous about the whole ordeal but will be glad once Annie has her gleaming teeth and smile back!

Thanks for any input you might have!!!!

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Do it! I never brushed Maggie Mae's teeth (ATB). When she was older, the Vet said it had to be done. She had the begin of heart disease and I was told the bacteria from the teeth travel through the blood stream :eek: Bad news! So we did it and she came home just fine. Didn't effect her appetite or chewing, and no special diet. I guess it's like getting our teeth cleaned?? I'm sure the Vet will discharge with orders.

I vowed to start brushing my next dog's teeth. They both get their teeth done everynight at bedtime. It has become a routine and they know after coming in from last potty call to go to the bathroom for teeth brushing. I actually keep their toothbrush in the holder next to mine! I is a good reminder to do it. I'm sure your Vet would be happy to show you how to do it. It really will make a healthier pet in the long run.

 

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I took Bogie to get it done over the summer because has was having significant build up on ONE tooth, and brushing wasn't cutting it. I had my choice of which anesthetic to chose, and I chose the more expensive one that has less side effects. I took him to the vet first thing in the morning, without being fed breakfast, but he could eat anythign the night before. When I got home, he was acting perfectly normal, just hungry. He scarfed down his food and went on with his evening as if nothing at happened. And the vet gave me a before and after picture of his mouth! Once it was removed, I brushed his teeth more often, concentrating on the one side of his mouth, and he hasn't had severe build up since. So once the tartar is gone, start brushing!
 

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Thanks so much for these two posts...it already makes me feel much better about the whole ordeal!

This is what I like so much about this website that you can learn so much about Bassets and get your questions answered!

Thanks again and for sure we will begin the brushing process when this is all over!

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I've had Stomps' teeth cleaned at least twice. Each time, within a couple of months, the vet was on me again to have them cleaned again. Stomps develops tartar incredibly quickly. But he's a rescue, and I think he was horribly neglected as a youngster and probably didn't get the appropriate nutrition, so now his teeth are rotting (he's at least 12 years old). That being said, he's always tolerated the anesthesia and he's perfectly find afterward. I've had Lightning's teeth done at least once, and he's never had a problem either.
 
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I know how U feel. Tummy has only been under once. (for teeth cleaning) The nurse asked me if I would like some type they can give that makes him wake up quicker. (of course I said yes) he came out fine
 

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We have to take Dixie in to have her teeth looked at. I am not looking forward to it, she has been through a lot so far. Apparently when the previous owners had her the chained her to a tree and she tried to chew the chain off. I am a little anxious about it because she is not going to enjoy this and she is just starting to really trust us and settle in with us.
 

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I'll keep you all posted on the results since we have an appointment this Thursday to clean Annie's teeth.

We are not looking forward to it and will be happy when we get the call for us to come and pick her up to bring her home!

Thanks for all your input on teeth cleaning and will keep you posted!

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As scary as anesthesia is, mine get their toofers cleaned about every 2 years. Even with brushing & greenies they always get built up with gunk. If the dogs have any other minor things that need done (like lumps) they take care of it while they're under. It's also great for nail clipping & ear cleaning.

We'll sling a lot of drool your way.
 

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Hi everyone!
we took our female basset to the vet today for teeth cleaning! I am a bit worried, when I picked her up this afternoon her eyes seemed more droopy than normal! it is if the red part covers half of her eye! Is this normal after having anesthesia? Will her eyes go back to normal?
 

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As scary as anesthesia is, mine get their toofers cleaned about every 2 years
I don't thinK I would have the dog go under specifical for teeth cleaning but from a cost stand point and a health on it makes sense to have the teeth cleaned while they are under for another procedure.
 

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i got my teefus cleaned while i was under for this "spade" they never brought me (i was gonna dig and dig and dig, but NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO)

VetLady said two for one was a good deal. humpf. only with cheeseburgers, in my opinion.

either way, you'll look a little droopier than normal. look at how stoned I was (drugs are bad, mmmkay???)

 

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When any of mine have undergone anesthetic, I just freak out. Makes me a huge advocate of brushing my dogs' teeth to put it off as long as possible.
 

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The red eyes are normal.That will clear up usually the next day.It is a residual resault of going under.
 

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My Bassets LOVE having their teeth cleaned, but I have to admit to not doing it every day! The other day I was cleaning my teeth whilst sitting on the loo and the pair of them were trying to get the toothbrush out of my mouth... I think they like the minty taste of the paste!!!

We have had previous old Bassets have their teeth cleaned and a couple of teeth removed at the vet and it cost almost £200 and these days would cost even more!!! (UK)

How much do you guys pay?
 

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Harley had it done a few months ago and ended up having a tooth removed. I noticed no difference in behavior, eating habits, etc. once the anesthesia wore off. Anabelle is missing 8 teeth and still chews fine. We are taking her to a veterinary dentist once we close on our house and can afford it.

Harley likes the chicken toothpaste. Anabelle prefers the peanut butter toothpaste.

As far as cost, we had Harley's teeth cleaned while he was under for laser surgery for tumors so some of the costs were combined but I think separately it would've been about $250 USD.

That reminds me. There are veterinary dentists. It is a very new field and they are not well known but they exist especially in big cities. This is the one we will probably take Anabelle to http://www.pcvdos.com/drbrown.htm
 

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After paying megabucks to have my hounds teeth cleaned, and worrying about the anesthetic, i went to daily brushing and dental chews. Much better alternatives..
 

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We are picking up our basset puppy on Saturday, a little excited we are!! Anyway, we also have a 5 year old greyhound, these dogs have notoriously bad teeth. You can watch in a matter of two weeks the tartar start to build up on his teeth. I am also a dental assistant so this of course makes me crazy lol. We give him once a week a knuckle bone, he loooveees them and they do an amazing job on keeping his teeth spotless. His vet is always so impressed on how clean his teeth are. The basset when old enough will also be introduced to this joyful tooth cleaner.
 

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Eating dry food instead of wet/mix food helps keep teeth clean as well. I believe this is one of the main reasons vets recommend dry food.
 
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