For the past few days, Fuji has been picking at her food. Even though she continued in her role as "Back-up Barker" for Gen as she lets us know it's meal time, Fuji has been skipping alot more meals. Now that does NOT mean that anyone else is welcome to her bowl of kibble.....let's not be silly! Gen was not very understanding of the watched bowl full of food, I'll tell you. She hovered close by, but Fuji stood her ground. The Foo defended her untouched kibble with a barely audible growl until I finally picked it up.
Even since Fuji came to live with us, she has occasionally turned down a meal of mere dog food. When she first arrived, she would only tolerate wet food. (Stinky!!!) After weeks of combining the wet and dry, we eventually transitioned her to eat the dry.
And what pug would turn down a meal? But this past week, it's been getting to be too frequent. And then I had the chance to peek in her mouth. Bug puffy pink gums.....and........not so many teeth. In fact, no front teeth at all. Hmm. Where'd they go? I think I would have remembered if she came to us partially toothless. Right....right?
So, we figured it was time for a trip to the doggie dentist. Yup, some pretty inflammed gums alright. She got some antibiotics (CA-CHING!) and some Rimadyl for the discomfort (CA-Ching!!) and an appointment to get her teeth cleaned today.
She was dropped of at 7 this morning. Since she's an old girl (almost 11), I was kind of concerned that she'd have some anesthesia problems.
The vet called about 10am to let us know that one tooth was very loose and needed to be extracted. That was likely the source of her discomfort. One other tooth has some serious gum disease but would be OK with treatment. As for the front teeth - all missing. That leaves her about teeth 6 left.
She did fine with the anethesia and is getting loved on by all the vet techs. She'll be fluffed and folded by 4pm.
Following a significant amount of primping, Fuji was released by the vet about 5pm. Quite fluffy from her bath, but obviously loopy. Having no moist food, we tried Minestone soup with limited success. Yogurt was a dismal failure - at leat for the Foo. Apparently Gen LOVES the stuff!
Finally, Honey arrived with the wet food, and Fuji decimated it in less that 60 seconds. Oh, and a little whippy cream helped the medicine go down. Yeah - 7 pills per day. I'm running out of disguses!!
Happily, the Foo seems like she be just fine.