Dentists Suck - A dog's tale

For a while now we've known June has had a broken tooth. It never really seemed to bother her so we always forgot to do anything about it. Recently though we could tell that it was hurting her. She would eat her food in small portions over the course of the night and she was just all around lethargic, like something was bothering her. So today we took her to the doggie dentist. It was most definitely her tooth that was bothering her. Once the dentist cleaned off all the plaque he found a small hole in her tooth that was slowly bleeding. (Awful dog parents, aren't we?)

Anyway, we were presented with a few options. The first one was totally gangster. A root canal with a metal cap. It would be like she had a Terminator tooth. How cool is that?! The downside is that if she chews anything too hard (again) she could break off the WHOLE tooth! Then we would have no choice but to do a quick tooth extraction.

The second option was a complete tooth extraction. The downside to that is that it would be very painful for her and it would increase the risk of her chipping the tooth on the opposite side because she cant chew without a tooth on the other side. Ugh.

Ultimately we decided to go with the root canal option minus the terminator like cap. The doc said she should be fine like that but we would have to watch what she chews on in the future. I think we can do that! So we went ahead with the procedure.... today.

I brought her home about an hour after all the drilling had stopped and she was still a bit groggy. It was pretty funny to watch her walk home like a drunk guy on the way home from the bar. Once we got inside the house I got to watch her lie down and try as hard as she could to stay awake. She would just lie there with her head up and then her eyes would slowly close and her head would slowly lower until it was just about on her bed and then BAM! she would open her eyes and sit up. Hilarious to watch!

I noticed, though, that her face was a bit swollen from the procedure and she couldn't keep her whole tongue in her mouth. While she was fighting sleep with everything she had, the tip of her tongue was peeking out. Soooo I did the only thing I could do, I took a picture!

This picture really epitomizes what she must have been feeling. And it makes me laugh out loud. I hope she feels better tomorrow.

We love you June!

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