Jack & Co. Posted January 9, 2009 Report Share Posted January 9, 2009 I need some help. This summer, while my sons and I were out of town for more than a week, Jack had an ugly attack of separation anxiety. He had been fine alone in the house for several years, but before we left, I still arranged for a dependable boy (Jack has known the boy since his puppy days) down the street to come up twice a day and play with Jack outside for 20-30 minutes. My husband was home in the morning and evening. The day before we were due back, Jack chewed the blinds in the living room, kitchen, door frame, windowsill....you get the picture. Since then (June) we have crated him when we are gone. I happened to look in his crate last month and I noticed that he had been chewing on the walls and the metal grate. I looked in his mouth and saw that he had almost completely snapped off a large canine tooth and broken the tips off of some of the others. My vet can see "pulp" in the bad tooth. She is limited to extractions but we decided that it might be helpful to see a canine dentist. I had the consultation yesterday and I'm wondering what the best option is. The dentist suggested a root canal and titanium crown to the tune of $3000. I knew it would be expensive but I still almost passed out! She would also clean his teeth and put sealants on. I paid for the consultation ($137, just talked, no x-rays) and left with an antibiotic to the tune of $85. When I got home, I called my regular vet and discussed it with her. After I hung up, she called me back later in the afternoon and said she had been reading up on crowns and a red flag that popped out was dogs with separation anxiety have a high probability of popping the crowns off ($600/crown; $300 to adhere). She also wondered if this happened would he have enough tooth left to put one back on (they etch the tooth down so the crown fits against the gum like a regular tooth) or would he end up with an extraction after all. I had told the dentist that this happened as a result of SA but she didn't mention that that could pose a problem. The canine dentist also said that when you extract a large tooth, the dog switches to chewing on the other side and that can cause problems for the other teeth. My vet just didn't think that an extraction was that life-altering. Jack and I have been to a behaviorist to get a handle on his SA and he is currently taking Clomicalm 50mg twice a day to help ease him back into accepting our daily departures. The behaviorist laid out a long list of changes to make in the household (no excessive greetings at arrivals or departures, changing our routine when we prepare to leave, etc.) to help make this happen. The goal is to eventually wean him off the Clomicalm and do away with the crate. I'm sorry this is so long and I tried to condense it down to just the bare facts, but there are so many layers to Jack's story. I am interested in your knowledge and experience with extractions and whether anyone has a dog with a titanium crown or knows of someone who does. One other thing.....the $85 antibiotic that I left the dentist with??? My vet charges $17 for the same thing, she says its been out as a generic for years. That alone gave me pause. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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