Last year I scheduled a dental cleaning for Oakley (he was two)..and he had blood work taken however a day before his procedure is when we ended up at the emergency vets for his near death obstruction….so needless to say his 90$ blood panel ended up being pointless! This year however (oakley is now 3) I noticed Oakley having plaque or tartar buildup and his breath has been awful...I admit I'm not the most religious of brushers and when we do we use an enzymatic toothpaste. I read dogs and cats can develop dental disease as early as three and that dental disease is also a big cause of pet deaths and health complications so naturally while I tried to be preventative I realize now we might be at the maintenance phase.
One of superstition I cautiously scheduled Oakley for a dental cleaning and am being extra careful not to repeat last years incidents! This Thursday Oakley will go in for his procedure..wanted to know if there is anything I should know about the procedure, any recovery issues or sensitivity...experiences and such? It's a huge deal to do something like this because we are very well known at our vets office and emergency vets...when I called to make the appointment the receptionist said "oh, we were just talking about Oakley. A dog came in and ate a couch and needed surgery and we said, ""that's such an Oakley thing to do!""
Oakley doesn't do well separated from me, nevermind at the vets while in the presence of strangers...warnings and concerns over making sure they don't tie his leash up as he's previously come running out to me with a half tied leash, reminders that if they must muzzle him that he can and will get the muzzle off then proceed to eat it, reminders that he can chew through a bungi coated IV line with a cone on by swinging the line to catch it between his toes, efforts to please securely lock the crate because he can escape and will commence with visiting the cats and trying to eat the dogs...and on and on...luckily, the vet will call us when they are ready for him because he can't be dropped off early, and I'll be home and ready when they call ( and they WILL call!) You are all either laughing, relating to my reality, thinking I'm exaggerating or that I must be annoying my vets staff but I promise almost all of these things have at one point happened at my vets office or while a patient at the animal hospital...he can leave quite an impression!
Needless to say, he's difficult and anxious which is making me wish the week could already be over with..fasting this skinny piglet will be a nightmare, I have visions of him slamming his food bin back and forth like a banshee and smacking the stove with his hands to draw attention to this injustice from exactly 8:05 until we leave around approx 11...oof