The people who had Scarlett before us did some very bad things to her. If you haven’t read Scarlett’s story, you can by clicking here. Though most of her physical and emotional scars have healed, we will have to deal with the abuse for years to come.
We don’t know exactly what happened in Scarlett’s previous home but we do know three of her canines were grinded down. Historically, this is done by dog abusers to limit the dog’s ability to fight back. One of Scarlett’s canines is visibly grinded to a stump; the others are grinded about halfway.
We have to constantly monitor her mouth, gums, teeth and canines for signs of infection or abnormalities. Over the weekend we were doing our check and could see that two of the canines were discolored and looked completely dead. There was some white around the gum area so we knew she had to get to the vet asap. (It never ends in my house!) Our vet told us one canine would definitely need to be pulled and quite possibly the other one, too. We’ll need x-rays to confirm (seriously, never ends!) and then she’ll get one or both of them pulled.
The main thing is to catch these issues early and visit your vet as soon as possible if you notice changes in your dog’s mouth, teeth, or gums. Even if your dog was not previously abused or sick, dogs can develop serious dental issues that can be very detrimental to their overall health, even causing heart and lung problems. I suggest every pet owner know what your dog’s mouth looks like, know the color of his/her gums and keep an eye out for plaque build-up, chronic bad breath, changes in gum color or any other abnormalities!
Scarlett is going to be OK; she is our fighter and a few teeth pulled will be a breeze. Now if only I could get my hands on those horrible, sick people who had her before us…