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Old 12-16-2012, 05:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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If life couldn't get any more complicated. I already have one of my boxers going into surgery Tuesday because we have found a lump inside his kneck right under his jaw that the vet said she wants to remove it as soon as possible because boxers and bumps/lumps just don't go well together based on their history of Cancer. So He is going in on Tuesday, Now yesterday our other boxer (we have 3) was salivating alot, more than usual, it was more like water dripping out of the sides of his mouth from about 2pm until night time. I just thought maybe it was from me cleaning and he didn't like the smell but than around dinner time, the salivating was no longer clear but a light pink color so i instantly open his chops and saw one of his big canines was broke in half and a tiny tiny dot on the bottom was pinkish red. I use to be a dental assistant so i immediately knew what that was and how much i'm sure poor Diesel was hurting but he didn't show any signs. He was eating fine, playing and drinking water normally, he just had that darn salivating and than it turning pink. And to top that all off it was minute before we were leaving to go to a dinner party. So i immediately called our vet (the emergency after hours #) and the vet on call told me that they see things like this on a daily basis and his german shepards use to knaw on rocks and chip teeth all the time and as long as he is eating and drinking and doesn't look like he is in pain, that it isn't an emergency. He wanted to make sure that it wasn't coming out of his gums sideways or if the gums were puffy at all and i said no. It was more the tip of his canine broke off and some of the enamel on the front of the tooth chipped off as well. So the vet told us that since we are already bringing our other boxer in for surgery tuesday, to just bring the second one in as well and have a vet look at the tooth to see if we have to do something. The pulp isn't pushing out, it looks just like you took a pin and had pinkish/red paint and touched the end of the break with the pin. very very small. So we are going to bring him in on Tuesday to the vet just to make sure he won't get an infection and possibly have them put some kind of sealant on it. I read vets can do this. but not positive.
So the reason i'm writing this forum is to ask if anyone else has had this experience with their dog and what they did about it? I know the tooth can get a root canal and/or extracted, but i feel it will really get infected if they extract the tooth especially since its his front canine.
Thoughts? Experiences? Please do tell. Thank You. My Husband, Diesel, his brothers and I would greatly apprecite it
I swear it is so true everything happens in 3's. I'm just waiting on the third now. Ugh

This is of our other boxers same tooth, they are same in age.


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Dogs break their teeth all the time. Personally I would just leave it. Is he a chewer? Do you give him antlers by any chance? I would remove all marrow bones and antlers if the are in the home.
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I wouldn't worry unless the pulp of the tooth is exposed. If the pulp is exposed the tooth will probably have to be extracted as it will be a risk for infection. If he's not having any pain with that tooth (and the pulp isn't exposed) then I would just watch it.
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Old 12-16-2012, 06:26 PM   #4 (permalink)
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How do i know if it's the pulp? I see a pink dot and it did bleed a little little amount yesterday. My husbands dad use to breed and raise cattle dogs and he said it seems to be fine and to just watch it. I think just incase we will take him in as well tuesday when we take our other boy for surgery. just for the vet to take a look at him. we do have big bones they chew on but he always chews on those and never had any problem. i am going to throw them away though because i never liked them (the hubs got them). The only thing i can think of is both our young males every morning we let them in the back yard (we live on an acre) and they run in a huge circle and bump up against eachother and do the "boxing" for a good 20 minutes. they have ALOT of energy. so maybe he hit the other dogs tooth as well and broke it off that way. i did get him a new toy yesterday but all it is is a rope with a tennis ball at the end. the rope is pretty hard though?! do you think the pulp is showing in the picture i took? its the second photo. he seems to only be bothered with it at night. Like right now he is acting irritated by it. but it hasn't bleed at all. it only did for about 10 minutes lastnight and it was chipped yesterday morning i believe cause of the salivating all day after their daily run around the yard. do you think his saliva will keep it from getting infected? We keep our house very clean and he doesnt get into anything. I am keeping him from playing in the yard for atleast a week for hopes it will cap the end. i'm thinking it might be just barely showing the pulp.
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Well I called the vet this morning and scheduled Diesel to get his tooth extracted. Cost around $150 for everything. Poor guy I can tell is hurting this morning. He is salivating like crazy. He is good when he sleeps but when he gets up, i can tell he wants to play and go crazy but is it some pain. I'm having my husband go get baby aspirin for today so it can help a little. Surgery time is the same as Bolts to get his knot removed out of his kneck. Jeez. Why are so many bad things happening to my dogs. I love Boxers....why is this happening
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Aww.. poor guy, that must hurt. He will feel so much better once it's removed. I had a Bichon that I rescued years back and when I got him his teeth/mouth was soooo bad that you couldn't have him in the car without opening the window. He was full of infections and teeth so loose you could just pull them out with your fingers. The crazy thing was he seemed happy as could be and would still eat. We got a bunch of his teeth removed and got him on antibiotics and he went from what appeared to be a very happy dog to a VERY VERY happy dog lol. Poor guy was such a trooper.. I can't imagine how uncomfortable he was. Years later he had to have a couple more teeth removed and by the end of it all he had a total o 6 teeth...and it never slowed him down lol.. he LOVED to eat!
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If you are seeing a pink dot then that is infact pulp. Personally, I'd get him in right away. Exposed pulps can get infected and abcess quickly (over night). If the root of the tooth (pulp) is exposed it won't "cap" it's self off so to speak and heal. If it doesn't get infected the tooth might die. Then it would need an extraction or root canal.
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Well he is going in tomorrow at 8 to get it extracted. I don't want to chance anything and i definitely don't want to wait. I can tell he is in pain just by the way he looks at us and just isn't seeming his normal playing self. Even when we go to pet him he cowards down like we are going to hit him Poor guy. He is a rescue dog too so maybe he use to get hit alot but we have had him for about 2 months now and he got very comfy around us, at first he was scared and would coward down if we tried to pet him, we would have to kneel down and let him come to us. He's showing those signs again It has to be from being in so much pain. I use to be a dental assistant and know the pains humans go through by enamel being shown, and with his pulp being shown, poor thing has to be crying inside. I can't wait for him to be back to his normal self.
Any of you recommend a good vitamin i can give my dogs for healthy gums, teeth, coat, etc?
I have my other 2 dogs (Boxer(7yrmale) and Boston Terrier(11yrfemale) on hip and joint vitamins but wondering if i should start giving our 2 younger boxers a vitamin daily. Neither of them are 2 yet, very very close though, couple months.
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