Friday, March 19, 2010

Fuji Friday: The toof, the whole toof, and nothin but the toof......

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.


Becky said...

Lots of hugs and kisses for Miss Fuji. It's heck getting old for dogs, too. Hope she's back to her old self soon!XXXOOOOXXXOOO

Stella, Gunther and Betty said...

Ms. Fuji is gonna be lookin' forward to some wet foodables. We're glad to hear she came thru the sleepies okay. That always makes our mom worry too.

Giver her a big toofless kiss for us.
Stella, Gunther and Betty

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Here is some kissys for Fuji.
Tomorrow she will be better yet!
I think you will need to buy a gallon of the whippy creme ,

Stubby said...

So glad to hear that The Foo is doing good. I can't believe she doesn't have any front teefs. Very strange.

I know if I went to the dentist they would pull lots of teefs so I refuse to go. I like my icky teefs because I like to eat!

Kisses to The Foo and to Gen too!

Stubby xoxo

Sequoia & Petunia said...

Oh my goodness! Now we hope the Foo is feeling better. Tuni has 5 teeth left and she only eats the wet stuff...always making a mess too with that tongue of hers. Yet she chews on bones like nothing is missing. We couldn't imagine 7 pills a day...we wish you the best on that. You probably already tried pb, jelly, cheese, marshmellows, amd hotdogs. Sometimes I stuff them in a soft treat and see if Tuni will eat it. Good luck!

Melissa and Emmitt said...

oh my goodness!
please hug both girls for us!
i am so glad foo is on her way to feeling 100%!
emmitt has kept his doggy dentsit busy over the years too. those squished faces sometimes have trouble with their teeth.

Happy Happy Spring!
m & e

BRUTUS said...

Poor Foo!! Wow, seems like you puggies have lots of toofer trouble, I've lost count of how many of you have had to see the doggie dentist! Sounds like it's wet food for good now - can't imagine you can do much chewin' with only 6 toofers!!

Brutus the Frenchie

Dana Orsborn said...

Whipped cream and cool whip always
does the trick when you need to
hide pills. Penny and I hope
Fuji is feeling better soon!

-Dana & Penny

agent99 said...

Hi Everypeople & EveryPug!
Thanks so much for you sweet comments! I just wanted you all to know how much better I am feeling without that bum toof. I've been extra perky since I got back home from the dentist. I can even beat Gen in the dinner race, and I'm back on kibble. YUM. Mom's been giving my medicines in all kinds of good treats - double YUM.

the Foo

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Anonymous said...

Poor little thing!!