edit - this is the link that appears on the eyes page: http://www.guinealynx.info/records/viewtopic.php?p=163#163
Baxter's eye is doing well, but he does still need to get his teeth trimmed soon because as mentioned before, the surfaces are wearing unevenly and are pointy. He eats well and maintains his weight so I wasn't going to put him through that while his eye was so bad.
I did some searching but I'm still unclear on a couple of things. Is this something I should be thinking of as a major procedure? Do I need to be prepared to do a chin sling right off the bat? Or with a skilled vet is this a routine thing as long as they don't overdo it? While I'm at it, any idea as to cost? As I mentioned before, he currently is experiencing no issues re: eating, maintaining weight, etc. He does do that head thing where he sort of adjusts pellets in his mouth before chewing, but that is his only symptom of sorts.
- You can quote me
1. Major procedure: no. This is not invasive surgery. He will not be sedated anywhere near as deeply as for soft tissue surgery. He will be a little groggy for a few minutes; it should be no more than that. However, depending entirely on what the vet does and how he reacts to it, be prepared to chop his vegetables for a bit, handfeed him bits of hay, and be sure to get him a pain med. He may not need it, but if he does, you have it.
2. Chin sling: keep it in mind but don't worry about it unless skull rads show elongated roots or the vet diagnoses weakened jaw muscles and/or a TMJ-like condition. In my opinion and experience only.
3. "Or with a skilled vet is this a routine thing as long as they don't overdo it?"
This is the perfect and ideal situation.
4. Cost: metro Atlanta -- oh, $95-$170 or so, depending on length of time under iso and any additional meds (i.e., Metacam). If it starts to be a regular thing ... "take a little off the top every 6 weeks or so" ... it should be less. Your vet will get into a routine and hopefully will take a little off the $.
"No issues" speaks well to a routine trim and no chronic problems like elongated roots.
I'll definitely be making sure that my favorite vet does it so that he's in the best situation possible as far as that goes.
The vet said that he didn't have any ulcers or anything like that, and that he doesn't have elongated roots or any other problems other than the teeth being a bit pointy. She evened them out and said for him it was a matter of preventative maintenance. So assuming his teeth work right, I guess it's good news!