I've waited 3 weeks to pose this question.....have tried to just acccept it and move on.
I took my 4 yr. old Yorkie to the vets for a teeth cleaning, under anethesia. She's 4 years old, we got her whn she was 3. Right after we got her we took her to this same Vet for a general exam. At that time, she said sometime within a year she should probably have a teeth cleaning and noted or mentioned no problems with her teeth. It was almost a year exactly I took her in for the cleaning.
During this year, her teeth were brushed once a week and she never showed any signs whatsoever of having any teeth issues...always playing ball, ate just fine, etc.
So, a couple hours after I dropped her off the vet called and said she had to remove 15 (FIFTEEN) teeth. She said some were infected and some were lose. To say I was stunned and shocked would be an understatement. She assured me they were not the teeth she uses to eat with and that 15 wasn;t as bad as it sounds since they have 40 some teeth. I thought yeah.....I can imagine how I would feel if someone pulled 15 of MY teeth. As a sidenote, having done my research prior to getting her, I had read that Yorkies are prone to teeth issues.
The teeth had been pulled, she was still there under their care. I saw NO good coming from me becoming irate or upset with them. I also realized I had entrusted the Vet enough to care for a member of my family so I tried my best to accept her explanations. I still try to think this way today. I can't fathom a Vet doing this as a means of profit....so I try to tell myself it was something that had to be done.
It's not about what I was charged and I don;t want to slam the Vet since I'm not an expert myslef.
My question, to fellow dog owners, especially small breeds, does this sound anywhere near "Normal"?? I KNOW my previous Vet of 20 plus years would have NEVER done this without contacting me first.