When we took Argos for his check-up and vaccinations last week, they told us that he needed his teeth cleaned in a bad way, and that we shouldn't wait too terribly long to do it, because one of his teeth was the tiniest bit loose. I fully intended on scheduling him for it in the next couple of weeks, and then he ripped his dewclaw out and we had to deal with all of the drama with that.
I'd kind of wanted to let him totally recover from that before subjecting him to teeth cleaning (and pulling, at least with that one loose tooth, if not others.) But I noticed last night that the slightly wobbly tooth is now REALLY loose, and he's a little bit less willing to eat his hard kibble now. So I'm sure that means that it's hurting him.
I called the vet today, and told them about the worsening tooth, and about my concerns about him getting this done so close to the dewclaw incident, especially since he's still on antibiotics from that. I was told that him being on antibiotics was no big deal, and that in some ways it would be better that he'd been on them for a few days leading up to it.
And essentially that we should get this done ASAP, no big surprise there. So now he's scheduled for the first day that we could get him in, which is Thursday.
I'm a little traumatized by it, since I know it will require him to be put under to have it done... this is a great vet clinic though, and all of their doctors have tons of experience with greyhounds. So it's not like I'm handing him over to someone who has never put a greyhound under before.
I'm sure that it will be fine, and I'm looking forward to having it all past us.
And then no more vet visits for awhile guys, okay? Please?
But here is a question that I want to put out there for all you greyhound people. Have you had to have your grey's teeth cleaned? What do I have to prepare for, once we get him home? Is he going to have to eat soft food? Can he be left alone for awhile the following day, while we work? I'm sure that the vet will tell us everything that we need to know at the time, but I'm