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Monica

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Hello all. Monday, my teacup yorkie, Brodie, got his teeth cleaned for the first time (under anesthesia). This was our first time doing this procedure. He’s almost 6 now, and although I get his teeth brushed every 2-3 months during his grooms, his breath was :sick: PUNGENT! I had hesitated doing a full clean bc the anesthesia part makes me nervous.
Anyways, he finally got his teeth done. I picked him up late in the afternoon. All was well, he was a bit groggy and licking the air a bit, which was to be expected. I paid and received instructions to withhold food until the following morning, then went on my way. It wasn’t until I was filing away his medical papers that I noticed a tiny line item with the words “4 extractions,” scribbled next to it. FOUR TEETH WERE PULLED AND NOBODY MENTIONED IT TO ME AT ALL!!! :mad::mad::mad:
I was not contacted before they decided to pull out his teeth. What’s worse, they didn’t bother to mention it at all afterwards either!!! I have no clue which teeth were extracted, how this will effect his eating abilities, whether there are stitches, or any after care instructions at all!
Is this common practice? It’s seem negligent to me. My poor little dude is down 4 chompers, and he’s only six years old! :cry: That’s quite young in yorkie years... I’m going to call them in the morning to ask for an explanation. Not sure what else to do, besides move all my boys to a new, better, veterinarian.

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Aww bless wee Brodie, he is one handsome fella! My god that is very unprofessional, yeah I would call for a explanation of why you weren’t informed n given care advice as he may need a soft diet for a few day until his mouth heals! Take care n send my love to Brodie xx
 

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Did you sign anything before the cleaning? When we have had teeth cleaned we signed before the procedure and the paperwork gave an estimate and stated it could be more if extractions were needed. If teeth are bad/infections they usually extract at the time of the cleaning while they are under rather than putting them under anesthesia a second time etc. You mention their breath was really bad and that can be caused by an infection, so I like to think your vet was just doing what was best for your pup. Happy healing vibes are sent to your cutie.
 

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@Catzzzmeow I signed a form for bloodwork and anesthesia. However, It’s not so much that they pulled the teeth that upsets me, more so that they didn’t tell me about it when I picked him up. This morning Brodie had such a hard time eating his kibbles. We added water and had to wait until it was mushy before he could eat it. We are completely unprepared and unsure what needs to be done to facilitate this change. I don’t know which teeth are pulled (canines, molars, front chompers), and I don’t know what care needs to be taken. I don’t want the stitches broken open, or food getting stuck in an empty cavity where a molar was pulled and causing a secondary infection. :( He won’t let me near his mouth right now.

@Staceyxxx We had brought Kenzo to this vet for his first wellness check, and had a terrible experience. The feline specialist was completely inexperienced with sphynx. He diagnosed Kenzo’s brown ear wax as a yeast infection, even though the swabs came back negative and clean. He then tested fecal matter and, unprovoked, told me he’s “surprised there are no worms, they’re almost always present in cats from kitty mills.” :unsure: (My breeder is the furthest thing from a backyard breeder/kitty mill! She is truly exceptional!)
My doggos have been going there for awhile. The canine vet is a different man, and we have always been content with their treatment. I believe this issue was an oversight by the receptionist and vet tech. I think it’s a sign that all the boys need a new veterinarian. One who knows sphynx, and aren’t so careless in customer service!
 

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@Catzzzmeow I signed a form for bloodwork and anesthesia. However, It’s not so much that they pulled the teeth that upsets me, more so that they didn’t tell me about it when I picked him up. This morning Brodie had such a hard time eating his kibbles. We added water and had to wait until it was mushy before he could eat it. We are completely unprepared and unsure what needs to be done to facilitate this change. I don’t know which teeth are pulled (canines, molars, front chompers), and I don’t know what care needs to be taken. I don’t want the stitches broken open, or food getting stuck in an empty cavity where a molar was pulled and causing a secondary infection. :( He won’t let me near his mouth right now.

@Staceyxxx We had brought Kenzo to this vet for his first wellness check, and had a terrible experience. The feline specialist was completely inexperienced with sphynx. He diagnosed Kenzo’s brown ear wax as a yeast infection, even though the swabs came back negative and clean. He then tested fecal matter and, unprovoked, told me he’s “surprised there are no worms, they’re almost always present in cats from kitty mills.” :unsure: (My breeder is the furthest thing from a backyard breeder/kitty mill! She is truly exceptional!)
My doggos have been going there for awhile. The canine vet is a different man, and we have always been content with their treatment. I believe this issue was an oversight by the receptionist and vet tech. I think it’s a sign that all the boys need a new veterinarian. One who knows sphynx, and aren’t so careless in customer service!
Bless ya Monica, yeah I think I would go to another vet. I would feel exactly the same as you, it’s because you don’t know what to feed him for the best n his wee mouth must be sore! He’s lucky he has a good mamma! Hugs xxx
 

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@Monica , oh my ! I truly believe you have to have a good working relationship with your vet . Maybe time to move on ..

My Aussie recently had a dental - the communication was top notch - the vet acts ultr called to go over the ex rays and let me know he may need 3 extractions . She took photos along worth the dental probe indicating which teeth were more likely this not needed to be extracted if she could save the teeth.

She kept in constant contact calling me on my cell during the procedure and ultimately he had 3 extractions .
When I picked him up she showed me the X-rays and photos of the teeth extracted . Gave me pain meds to go home with and instructions for soft food . As well as a follow up no charge appointment . She gave me a box of Oravet dental chews during the follow up and took lots of ties with me .

I put his kibble in a little grinder and added water and coconut oil for a week .
Now I still make mush and give a few table spoons as a topper on his small size kibble.
Dental brushing with Oratene .

How is Brodie ? Do you have a follow up no charge appointment ?

Amd as far as the kitty mill comment - oh my - and the ear thing -

My vet is not Sphynx specific but goes out of her way to consult with colleagues if doe,thing comes up. I am totally confident in my vet even though not Sphynx cst omly specific vet .

Perhaps you can post a thread for a vet recommendation for your area?

Lots of hugs and healing vibes! Head smooches ! Keep us updated
 

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It's really very strange they didn't mention the 4 extractions! Maybe it was necessary but they had to mention it. Curious what they'll say when you call them.

Brodie is a very handsome and cute boy!
 

Monica

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@Yoda mom. Your vet sounds amazing! I’m not even sure they did x-rays on Brodie, and no one consulted me post-op about anything except payment. :cautious: I would love that level of communication for my boys. I feel my veterinarian is very old fashioned... still regarding pets as property instead of family.
I contacted Kenzo’s breeder, and she recommended three offices that I will be looking at for their new provider. My breeder lives only 20 minutes away, and she has dogs as well as her sphynx. I feel confident I will find a good match for my crew in her suggestions! Thank you for your input. I know what level of service I am seeking now!
 
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@Monica I would have been furious too if that had happened to my baby! :mad: I would definitely go to another vet where they communicate and advice and care! I'm on my 3rd vet now, and feel I can actually trust them and their judgement/care. Every time I've been I've researched as much as possible on whatever the issue is I'm visiting for, so that I can challenge or question if I think they're missing anything out. I feel like I might as well go the whole way and get a veterinary degree myself soon! :ROFLMAO:
 
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