Hi, everyone.

Sorry for not getting on here last night but I’m sick and I have no patience for the computer. We received so many comments that I had to stop responding individually and just clicked “like” to acknowledge that your comment was read and appreciated. Forgive me…

If you are squeamish, this is your warning that there is a picture of an extracted tooth below (hardly any blood, looks like an orange seed). If you wish to not see it, close your eyes and scroll your mouse twice.

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That is Molly’s fractured tooth. Above the green line on the right is the portion that remained above the gum line. It should have been another inch. The rest is root!!! 😯

The vet did NOT pull the other tooth that is dying because he said that Molly’s jaw “felt funny” when he was removing this tooth. I’ve told you all before that multiple vets have stated that removing canines can break a dog’s jaw. To remove canines or other deeply rooted teeth, the vet creates a gum flap, removes a small portion of the jaw, and then extracts the tooth.

He said that he decided to look back at her x-rays from November and noticed something very interesting. In her “bad tooth” that’s dying, there is a broad root pulp. The root pulp is only supposed to be as wide as a pin. Her’s is about 3-4 times that. He said he would ordinarily pull that tooth but then he looked at the tooth next to it. It also had a broad root pulp. He then looked at her molars, they ALL have the broad pulp. He said this can mean one of 2 things: either the broad root pulps are unique to Molly’s body OR all of her teeth are bad (perhaps from a dentin deficiency) and will break at some point.

For now, she has her top canines left. He said if another one of her canines breaks (and it’ll likely happen within a couple of months if her teeth are bad), he will have ro pull the remaining two out. He said it would be unethical to pull them at this point when he’s unsure if they are bad and doing so would risk breaking her jaw.

So going forward, Molly is not allowed to have any hard chew toys (nylabones, kongs, antlers, etc.), only plush toys.

She’s on 2 pain medicines – Previcox and Tramadol – and is doing a lot better today than she was yesterday, although she did wake up shaking but I think that’s because the subcutaneous pain medicine wore off finally.

The regular CBC came back and showed no abnormalities. The thyroid results should be back by Thursday.

Molly told me to tell everyone “Thank you” for all the POTP and caring messages you have sent. She and I are gonna go snuggle and sleep away the pain/sick.

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About noodle4president

I was a discarded, lost little stray without a house or a family...until my mom found me. Now, I am the happiest, most loved dog in the whole world!

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  1. Three Pups and a Couple of Kitties says:

    Thank you for the update. I hope everyone feels better soon. Cuddles and hugs.

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  2. speedyrabbit says:

    Hope you both feel better soon,hugs to you both.Maybe once she has healed up she will feel bit less grumpy paws and fingers crossed here,xx Rachel and Speedy

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  3. colinandray says:

    Hi Guys – We were advised by our vet to do the “kneecap test” re any dog toy/treat! You take the toy/treat and vigorously hit your kneecap with it. If it hurts, it is too hard and will simply increase the chance of broken teeth. It’s an interesting concept which we have applied to all things Ray! 🙂

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    • Our vet said that dog’s teeth (healthy teeth) can withstand A LOT! He said his own German Shepard enjoys nothing more than chewing rocks and it has done no harm to his teeth. However, I have decided to replace Macy’s nylabone with a kong and Molly, well, she’s out of luck! Poor girl. When we walked in from the vet’s office (day of surgery) she ran into the living room and grabbed Macy’s nylabone before I could pick it up. Crazy dog…

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      • colinandray says:

        I guess there is a conflict in vet’s theories. Our vet explained that Ray’s jaw capability is such that he could have severed our neighbor’s arm (another story – it’s in the book!), and yet his teeth could be damaged as a result of that much power on a solid object. We chose to err on the side of caution.

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      • I absolutely agree! Even before speaking with him, I was planning on replacing the nylabones with kongs. Damage aside, I don’t like the idea of my babies ingesting plastic.

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      • With everything that happened with Mya and Khia, and now Molly, I have decided that no two vets will give you the same information. Makes it difficult to know who to believe.

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  4. hugs to you and to molly, healing thoughts and weim-kisses. I hope you both feel better soon. Tramadol is a good pain med, my mom has it for her hell-bow and it works great. hope a good nap helps to chase the pains and all sickness away…

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    • Thanks, Easy. Greg takes Tramadol too. He was prescribed a 50 mg tablet 1-2 times a day. The vet prescribed Molly (1/4 Greg’s weight 2 (yes, 2!) 50 mg tablets 2-3 times a day!!! He’s trying to knock her out! We didn’t feel comfortable giving her 2 at a time and have only been doing 1. She seems to be okay and loopy enough! Lots of love my beautiful friends, Samantha

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  5. Princess Leah says:

    I hopes yous feeling better soon Mom
    And Molly, big hugs and luffs for being such a brave girlie and going to the dentist!
    Sending you boths lots of POTP, luffs and hugs to make you betters
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

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    • You give very soft and fluffy hugs, Princess Leah. Molly said thank you for calling her brave. She didn’t feel very brave and barked the whole time she was there. I think your love and hugs are helping already. Lots of love, Samantha

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  6. stella rose says:

    Sending Molly and Mom all our hugs.
    stella rose

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  7. Oh dear….this is painful for Molly I hope the pain med is cutting it. Our hearts and purrs are with Molly and her entire family.

    Your friends,

    Shoko and Kali

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  8. Sending healing hugs and happy thoughts your way! Love, phoebe and samantha 🙂

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    • Phoebe, I wish you were closer and could be my doctor. Mine is terrible and lacking personality something awful. Never lose your smile and always be the doctor you would want to have. Lots of love, Samantha (the human)

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      • Aww. I’m sorry to hear that! It always makes me a little sad when I hear about people not having good experiences with their docs. It means we as caregivers are not doing what we should be doing. I hope it gets better for you, or that maybe a more personable physician comes along. Hugs! -phoebe

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      • I think people, in all professions, become jaded. I bet he wasn’t always like that. Something happened to make him be that way.

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      • Yes you are right. Unfortunately this is a growing problem among physicians…even young physicians my age. That’s actually one of the reasons I started writing poetry…to keep the ‘fire’ alive…and to process feelings in a healthy way so that I don’t also become jaded… 🙂

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  9. Prayers & hugs to you both!! Feel better & enjoy cuddle time ❤

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  10. Don’t worry about answering comments……we are just trying to be supportive and don’t need you to tell us how fabulous we all are (hahahahaha)! Seriously, the tooth issue with Molly is interesting – absolutely NEVER heard of anything like this and it’s just a shame because you have to wonder if she’s been uncomfortable for a long time. Poor baby. Hoping the rest of the blood work looks good – she already has enough on her plate (as do all of you!) with the teeth for now.

    Hugs, Sammy and Mom Pam

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    • Hi, Sammy and Pam (I literally almost wrote Pammy -.-). It’s very frustrating as her advocate to know that she’s now been through 3 dental procedures requiring anesthesia in the last 3 months, and there are still questions about whether or not more or necessary. Every time she’s put under, I’m afraid I’m going to lose her. Dentals for some reason are extremely risky and I hate doing this to her. Leave it to me to pick the dog with potentially weird root systems, ha! Thanks for the hugs. Can you send chicken soup through the computer? That would help, too! Lots of love, Samantha

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  11. i hope everyone feels better soon! :*

    have a great day, luana

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  12. maggie0019 says:

    ((Woof)) and tail wags to all of you, paws crossed fur the best!

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  13. nordhuesn says:

    Mom was late getting home tonight so we are late to the news. We are so glad Molly is on the mend. You all deserve a night of hugs, snuggles and rest. Ear licks from us to you all.

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  14. cocoabean2225 says:

    Thank you for the update on sweet Molly. Cuddling is the best medicine!!

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    • *sigh* I used to be Mom’s doctor when she was sick but now I have to sit back and watch because her and Molly are holed up in the bedroom with a gate locking Macy and me out. I just keep reminding myself that this isn’t gonna last forever.

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      • Hi Noodle sweetie. Just be glad it’s not you who had the tooth pulled! Puts it into a different light, eh? You’ll have your Mom back soon, try to be patient, although I know that’s not in our nature. ❤ And tell your Mom I hope she is better soon.

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      • Hey, wanna know something? I’m missing 10 teeth! The mobile vet that I saw the one time said they likely never came in. No one ever pointed that out to Mom before. So hopefully I NEVER need teeth pulled because I’m already 10 short.

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  15. Daisy C Chan says:

    Ouch!!! Speedy recovery mama!

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  16. Charie says:

    Crikey ….. it’s a bit tough being you at present, aye?? Mum and I are thinking of all of you and hoping and praying everything works out. Poor, dear Molly. tooth problems are no fun.

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  17. gahlearner says:

    Oh dear! I hope you feel better soon, Samantha. And poor Molly. I think/hope this explains part of her behaviour. She must have been in a lot of pain. I know how grumpy I get when I have a toothache.

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  18. fredrieka says:

    poor baby, crossing my paws in prayer

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  19. Murphy & Stanley says:

    Hope she gets feeling better. We did not know the root was that deep!

    Keep Calm & Bark On!

    Murphy & Stanley

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  20. corkscot says:

    We hope that Molly is doing better today. We can all relate to tooth pain

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  21. Nylabluesmum says:

    Deerest Molly gurl yur so brave to have had thee surgery! Mee iss sendin you oodles of POTP fur you to feel better soon.
    An Lady Samantha mee iss purrin an purrayin you feel better soon all so!
    So far wee have had a ruff year…..let us hope it getss better soon…
    LadyMum sendss her ❤ LUV ❤ an Get Well Wishess to both of youss'!!
    ***paw patsss*** Siddhartha Henry xxxx an {{hugs} LadyMum

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    • Littlest kitty boy, your mom told me about what you did this morning. Please save some of your sweet kindness for your mom, ok? Thank you for the POTP and good purrs. *ear scratchies*

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      • Nylabluesmum says:

        Mee-you Molly mee has been xtra nice to LadyMum since thee ‘bitey’ inncident! An mee has been snugglin LadyMum a lot. An mee iss still sendin BIG POTP to you deer gurl. How are you feelin today?? Have you been abull to eatss anyfing yet???
        Lady Samantha mee hopes yur not too tired frum nursing Molly an taken care of all thee 4 an 3 leggedss there!
        ***paw kissesss*** an gentull ~~head rubsss~~
        Siddhartha Henry xxxxx

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      • Hello Siddhartha! Molly is doing okay. She has been eating wet food since the day of her surgery. I’m taking her to the vet tomorrow to make sure her mouth is healing. I’m doing a lot better, thank you! Once the coughing fits in the morning and evening stop, I’ll be good as new! *ear scratches*

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  22. OOOHHHHHH!!!! I’m so sorry to hear this recent news. Stuart had a split tooth, too, back in September. Painful. I’m sending more love to you and Molly. Gee whiz.

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  23. Hugs for Noodle’s mom and ear scratches for Ms.Molly. Know we are all rooting and praying for you guys. ღ

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  24. Thank you for the update! And take your time now to be with Molly – she needs you a lot more than the Internet does. We’ll still be here when she is all better (and all desperately wanting it to happen!).

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  25. Grandma says:

    Well it’s a few days later and I hope our Molly girl is feeling much better and you too mom…..Love, hugs and scratches behind my grandpuppys’ ears (that’s 6 ears)…..Grandma ❤

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    • Hi, Grandma! Mom is busy coughing so I came to tell you that Molly’s doing okay. Mom’s going to take her to the vet tomorrow to make sure her mouth is healing. Mom’s feeling much better but the coughing is still bad at night and in the morning. Love you! *ear licks*

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  26. hello noodle its dennis the vizsla dog hay that is a lot of broken tooth!!! saya and i send lots of tail wags that molly konitnyoos to feel better!!! ok bye

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