Sunday, March 02, 2008

Diesel's teeth: a great result

We're very happy with the results of Diesel's teeth-cleaning-day at the vet.

When I went to pick him up on Monday afternoon he barely offered me a wag, he so wanted out of there.
Since the office is only about a half mile from our house, we typically walk to our routine vet visits. So the minute we stepped outside Diesel was directing me home by foot. It took a little convincing to let him know that we needed to load ourselves in the car this time.

He wasn't totally himself that evening, still feeling some of the effects of the anesthesia, but he did as well as can be expected. He had an appetite (of course, we're talking about a beagle here), but we took it slow – giving him half of his supper at the usual time and then, once we were sure his system was handling the small amount of food okay, the other half about three hours later.

He was tired too. We caught him sitting on the edge of the window seat looking out the window with his eyes starting to close. We convinced him to hop down so he wouldn't fall asleep sitting up there and then fall.

After a good night's rest he was back to his old self the next morning, bouncing along on our early walk and attempting to kill Marvin once we got home.

It was indeed a good result. We've never seen his teeth this clean.

After. Super, super clean.
(It seems whenever you see healthy dog gum photos at the vet or online, the gums shown are just pink. Both Diesel and Marvin have black pigmentation on their gums.)

Another after – he loved this photo shoot. Umm, no.

I wish I would have taken better before photos. This is probably the best I have (from the
Toothbrush Attack post).

I am even more of a dog dental health advocate now that we've taken this step and seen the results. It only makes sense to take care of their teeth as part as their overall well-being. Also, not that Diesel ever had really horrible doggy breath before, there was still some noticable odor. Since his teeth have been cleaned there is no odor at all. Not at all. I think that says something.

Diesel smiling pretty.


Blogger Patience-please said...

Look at those gorgeous pearly whites and no germs in sight!!! Even sweeter kisses now!

glad it all went fine-
Patience and the whippets

March 2, 2008 at 5:30 PM  
Blogger Truman Tales said...

What a great smile! They did a really great job. Now he's even more dashingly handsome.

March 3, 2008 at 9:34 AM  
Blogger Amber-Mae said...

Oh wow, look at those pearly whites! The doctor did a great job but I'm very sure that you did not enjoy it at all huh, Diesel? Hee!

Love licks,
Solid Gold Dancer

March 3, 2008 at 11:48 AM  
Blogger Johann The Dog said...

Wow, I need some sunglasses! They did a great job! It's about time for my first cleaning...(sigh....)

Woofs, Johann

March 3, 2008 at 8:11 PM  

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