'Not only is punishment risky, but it also fails to teach the dog an acceptable alternate behaviour. The dog does not learn what to do the next time he is in the same situation. He only learns to fear the situation.' Emma Parsons, Click to Calm p73

Monday, 5 March 2012


First up, this week has flown by! I had some personal developments, like getting myself a social life (ha!), and I had a bunch of university work to do.

And then, over the weekend, Jess started acting weird.

Friday night, she was clicking her mouth open and shut and making a weird noise when Mum gave her a chew when she got back. It ended pretty quickly so we weren't too concerned. She did this on-off over the weekend, and I resolved to book her into the vets today.

We got a same-day appointment, and at 2pm the vet saw us. She had a very gross, rotten tooth on one side, which was wobbling and getting kind of stuck in the way of her closing her mouth. Whilst we were there, Jess got pretty distressed about it, and was trying to paw it out of her mouth, as well as whining and rubbing her face on the table.

The vet got her booked in immediately because she didn't want to leave her overnight and do the tooth extraction tomorrow (which was the original plan). I left Jess there at 2, and picked her up at about half 7.

She's down three teeth (the gross rotten one, plus two other molars which were definitely heading that way), and she's very dopey due to the metacam. She's been walking around like she's drunk, but she's (slowly) eaten some pasta and had some belly rubs, so I think she'll be fine.

Lola was pestering her when we got back, but thankfully there wasn't any aggression there - which was something I was worried about.

I'll catch up on y'all again soon! I'm the worst blogger right now.


Sara said...

Poor Jess. Dental problems are the worst. Hope she recovers quickly.

An English Shepherd said...

Teeth pain :-(

Chris and Ricky said...

Awww.. poor Jess! It is good the vet could take care of it so quickly so you could get her back home right away!

Elizabeth said...

Bad teeth can really pull a dog down, and once she gets over it,, I think you`ll find Jess is really full of beans!

Elizabeth said...

Bad teeth can really pull a dog down. I think you`ll find that once she is over the operation, Jess will really be full of beans.

Elizabeth said...

Bad teeth can really pull a dog down. I think you`ll find that once she is over the operation Jess will really be full of beans