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Posted by: giminy | 2008/08/28

Cracked tooth

My fox terrier has a cracked tooth which is causing decay and an obvious bad breath. Can this be treated at home and if not is it advisable to have the vet pull the tooth? No obvious discomfort is evident but the dog doesnt like you to touch the tooth.

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Dear Giminy

Have to be pulled. The roots are very dead and will not usually just fall out.

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Posted by: Chill | 2008/08/28

A cracked tooth can' t be ' treated'  - it must be removed.

If it' s already causing bad breath, then it' s doing other damage too - bad teeth often lead to heart problems.

And that' s apart from the pain and/or discomfort to the dog, with possible dietary insufficiency if the dog can' t eat properly.

Go and see the vet!

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Posted by: Karen | 2008/08/28

It must be painful. Your vet can remove the tooth under aneasthetic.

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