Dog Tooth Extraction

December 24th, 2014 No Comments

In the last article we covered four major topics about Dog Teeth Cleaning. Use the link if you missed the release of that article.

This next article is going to cover a sensitive, but all too often topic – Dog Tooth Extraction

–          At what point is dog tooth extraction necessary?

–          The cost of dog tooth extraction.

–          Caring for your dog after tooth extraction.

Closer Look

Tooth Extraction for dogs should only be a recommended last resort option when it comes to Caring for you dog’s teeth. If your dog is experiencing tooth decay, or canine periodontal disease, it may be time to see your local veterinarian.

A Dental For Dog’s Tip

A majority of the time, tooth extraction can be prevented with a simple dental hygiene regimen in place for you and your canine family member. Staying on top of dental problems such as bad breath, plaque and tarter build-up on teeth, can allow you to take necessary early actions against dental problems and avoid tooth extraction altogether.

dog_tooth_extractionIf there really is a tooth extraction in order the decision would most likely come from your veterinarian’s request. They will prepare the dog. More often than not, the dog will receive an anesthetic but be cautious as putting your dog under anesthetics could be potentially dangerous to their health.

The reason for anesthetics is so the veterinarian can take a look at the root morphology of the tooth that needs to be extracted. Root morphology has to do with the internal structure of the tooth including the crown, the root, and the gum margin. Overall, the morphology will determine if the tooth extraction and roots can be pulled successfully.

Cost of Dog Tooth Extraction

On average a dog tooth extraction can cost anywhere from one hundred and fifty dollars to six hundred dollars. There are several factors that can vary the final cost for your dog treatment including location, size, and how much follow up care may be necessary for your dog’s complete recovery.

Location of dog tooth

The location of your dog’s tooth extraction, and more importantly, the fracture or rotted tooth location can make a big difference, especially when it comes to tooth extraction cost. Any problem that extends into the dog’s gum line would call for the tooth to be removed, but damage towards the crown portion of the tooth may in fact be able to be saved.

Which Tooth?

Depending on which tooth needs to be extracted, you may see some variations in your final veterinarian bill. In general, the larger canine teeth or the back molars would be much more difficult and time consuming to extract than removing a smaller tooth such as a tooth in the front of a dog’s mouth.

Abscesses in dog teeth

Abscesses are kind of gross but they are a true reality, especially if a dog’s tooth is infected over time. Abscess is basically a collection of pus (dead neutrophils) that has accumulated in a cavity formed by a broken tooth or fracture. The build-up is usually from bacteria and food. If abscesses are present, you may be paying for some antibiotics prior to your dog’s tooth extraction to control further infections.

Pre and Post Surgery Costs

X-rays and blood work are not to be overlooked before the surgery occurs. After the tooth extraction, hospitalization bills and antibiotic treatments may be necessary if recommended by the veterinarian.

Caring for your dog after tooth extraction

Just like humans, dogs are going to require some attention after surgery. After the extraction it is common for the dog to potentially bleed for a few hours. Keeping a gauze in the mouth will be sufficient in stopping the bleeding.

If the veterinarian actually used some anesthetics during the operation, then you dog will most likely be feeling some of the effects after discharge from care. Make sure to limit your dog’s activity level for at least three full days, even if they are looking healthy and happy again.

Really keep an eye on your pet. Remove harder objects they can chew on such as bones and hard toys.

Water is a simple offer that will give your dog something to put in their stomach. Allow your dog to hold the water down for a few hours before beginning to feed them. Again, your dog will be coming off of the anesthesia so keeping everything simple is in your favor. Unless you want to be cleaning up some regurgitated food, stick to the normal routine and feed them what they are already used to eating. Softening the food a little with water may make the experience more comfortable for your dog at least for the few days after tooth extraction.

You know your dog better than anyone else.

Watching for signs such as increased bleeding from the tooth extraction, or sudden changes in behavior, swelling, and drooling could potentially mean a visit back to the veterinarian. Stick to what the veterinarian prescribes to your dog medication wise including antibiotics and pain relievers. Also recommended – go back for a “healing checkup” about a week after surgery to make sure everything is on schedule.

About the author

Growing up I had 3 teacup Yorkshire Terriers. I'm not a dog whisperer exactly but it all comes from the heart.

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