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Alrighty, glad he ate better! Good job Artik👍

Your Tripawd Family will be sending  all sorts of pawsitive  energy tomorrow.  Update when you can.


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Oh I hope the visit went well and he won’t need surgery! Glad he ate something. The interesting thing is that when Wyatt had the cyst, it didn’t dull his appetite one bit. I think it’s because that dog will eat just about anything we put in his bowl.

To answer your questions:

When Wyatt had his tooth removed, how long was the recovery? Did he need many meds? 

He also had several sutures and came home with a week’s worth of Clavamox. The recovery was about 14 days total. During that time we had to feed him very soft food, so I was grinding up his kibble in the food processor and feeding it to him wet. We also had to irrigate the wound with gentle streams of water. Pretty high maintenance but then again the wound site was rather large. 

You didn’t do anything wrong for something like this to happen. I said the same thing, especially since for all his life I’ve fanatically brushed Wyatt’s teeth nearly every day and he still got that weird cyst. These things just happen. 

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Hi Patricia.  I’ve been a dental hygienist for over 30 years and my experience with tooth extractions is that it is a simple procedure with a quick recovery and rarely are there complications.  Usually the patient feels so much better soon after.  I have no doubt it would be the same with dogs, except, of course, they must go under for it.  

Concerning the diet for Arktik, I have great luck with making a crock pot stew with chicken/veggies/potato or a cheap steak cut (like a beef stew).  I slow cook in pressure cooker and Jake gobbles it up.  I don’t do this anymore but did after his surgery for a little while.  Now I just add a little cut up chicken to his kibble.  Good Luck!!

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