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We're off to the vets to drop Jersey off for her first dental. I'm so worried about leaving her. She's going to be so unhappy. I will warn them about her separation anxiety because if they think they'll be able to just put her in a cage and leave her until the surgery, they're very mistaken. She'll howl so loud that people will think a dog is being tortured back there. I hope it all goes well. I don't like it any time anesthesia is involved.
 

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I have a great vet but I always worry when when I leave a pet for surgery. By this time tomorrow Jersey will be home and happy and hopefully you won't need to do it again for a couple of years.
 

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Jen -- I am certain all will go well at the vet. You know how sometimes little kids are difficult at home and then angelic at school. It might just be that way for Jersey! Maggie had dentals up through her 12th year without any issues. Because she had no gum/tooth problems other than plaque, her vet used only very light anesthesia. Hang in there -- your pup will be home soon!
 

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I'm sure Jersey will be fine. Like Judy said, our kids often act better when they're away from us.
Traveler's had to go through several dentals and has always bounced right back even though he's prone to dental problems. Li'l Girl had one recently which involved an extraction, and she bounced right back, too.
 

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Originally Posted By: Joe BeaglesJersey will be fine. I'm more worried about you.
LOL! I was a wreck, Jersey was fine. She's home and napping on the sofa next to me. She did wonderfully. The procedure went perfectly. She was only a 1 on a scale of 1-4, so it was simple and routine. I warned them about her SA when I dropped her off. The other girl at the desk confirmed it. She's been working there as long as I've been taking my dogs there (since 1992) so she knows us well. They kept Jersey in a crate in the room with the techs vs.one of the ones in the back. They said she didn't cry at all. We could hear her whimpering when we picked her up, but not that torturous scream. They told us we couldn't pick her up until after 3 p.m. so Mike and I went to an early matinee movie while Jersey was at the vet. I put my phone on vibrate and kept it in my lap the entire time. I was convinced they would call us and tell us that we could come and pick her up early. But, she made her momma' proud and was a good Beagle girl for the vet!
 

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Originally Posted By: Quinn&GraysonKeep in mind that vets are very used to dealing with howling dogs.
I hope all goes well.
Howling isn't the way to describe what Jersey does when her SA kicks in. It's this God awful scream. It sounds like she's being tortured.
 

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Glad that it all went well and Jersey is home. I am a basket case whenever we have a dog having surgery/dental work... and also know the perils of having a dog who really doesn't like being left at the vet. Booker doesn't have SA as far as home is concerned, but she clearly has major abandonment issues (we think from her former life before we adopted her) and anytime she has to stay at the vet is just not a good thing - for us or for the poor vet. When she was there for an extended period of time after her back surgery they had to ask us not to come visit at one point because she would be in loud abject misery for several hours each time after we visited and there was nothing they could do to calm her down - eventually she would pretty much cry herself out but it took a long time and it was very noisy until that point. Poor Jersey - but glad it is all behind her now.
 

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So glad for her and you that she is home and doing fine! I am sure she is making you feel guilty about leaving her in that terrible place ...
 

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Originally Posted By: Li'l MaggieI must have missed something...why did Jersey need to have dental surgery? I'm so glad all went well, and she's home resting by your side!
It was just a routine cleaning. I noticed that she was getting some build up on her top canines. Just a preventative cleaning like we'd have done.
 

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^^ I think some dogs are just more plaque-y than others - Booker has had to have hers cleaned several times in 9 years (usually we have combined it with one of her many surgeries - but a couple of times it has been as a stand-alone procedure). I don't think any of the others have ever had to have it done, though.
 
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