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Why extract teeth?
06-24-2015, 03:43 PM,
Why extract teeth?
My 8 year old Lab saw the vet the other day and the vet said some teeth need extracted. My question is, the teeth look OK to me, how do I know this vet isn't scamming me in extracting teeth that are healthy? Do dogs get cavities like we do? The teeth aren't black, but have tartar, thanks.
06-24-2015, 03:55 PM,
RE: Why extract teeth?
Often, teeth look good to us, when they're not. If you see tartar, most likely your dog has periodontal disease which leads to bone loss and loosen teeth. Many times, the teeth we see are only the tip of the ice berg, this is why vet do x-rays to see. Sometimes a tooth that they think needs extracted doesn't after an x-ray and sometimes a tooth that looks healthy is not once the x-ray reveals a more in depth perspective. If you suspect your vet is trying to rip you off though, it doesn't hurt to see another vet and see if he says the same, or better, a veterinary specialist specializing in dental problems. Here's a helpful read as to why dogs need teeth extracted:
Former AAHA animal hospital employee, dog trainer and dog behavior consultant. Published dog author on several print and web publications.

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