I dropped Bella off at the vet's office understanding that she was going under general anesthesia but she had her teeth cleaned a few years ago with no problems so I didn't think it was a big deal.
About 2 hours later I got a call that went something like this,
"We have Bella under general anesthesia and after examining her it looks like she is going to need to have 22 teeth removed and we need your permission to proceed."
That's right. So my first question was this,
"How many teeth does she actually have?"
And the answer was this,
"Not many more than that."
Rich was sure it was some conspiracy and if I remember correctly said something along the lines of, "We have 10-month old triplets, we don't have time to be spoon feeding a dog." That is actually a good point. I didn't think about that. But after a short discussion about how she will be able to eat normal kibble and dropped baby food in a few days (and I mean short because remember Bella is on a doggie ventilator) we gave the go ahead.
We picked her up later that day and Dr. Grand was telling me which teeth she actually has left but I was so engrossed in gawking at the cup of 22 vile bloody teeth on the counter I could barely pay attention. She said, "Most people don't want them, but do you by any chance want the teeth?" Heck yeh! This would be a cornerstone addition to my weird treasure collection.
She said it was "brutal surgery" and Bella is going to be sore for a few days but the week's worth of pain killers should do the trick. I guess this is very common in pugs because the shape of their mouth and it was exacerbated by the fact that her teeth were only partially erupted above the gums so a majority of the teeth were still below the gums making the surgery more complicated. It also made the surgery much more expensive. Let's just say that if we didn't have the raffle prize we could easily have been in 4 figures. So thank you Dr. Grand and the Animal Care Center at Stonebridge Ranch in McKinney, TX for your donation to the multiples group and taking great care of our Bella.
The good news is that Bella is a tough little pug. Dr. Grand said to call if she needed stronger pain medicine but I think she was fine because the next day she was racing with Pickles to eat food dropped by the babies. The best news is that she won't need any more teeth cleanings!
This is a PUG on DRUGS
Official NEWMAN TOOTH COUNT:
Rich- Full Set
Kate- Full Set
Pickles- About 8 , not exactly sure
Beckett and Bella are tied- 6 (Bella has 6 best I could tell!)