Hershey lost a tooth.
I’m not sure when. I noticed the missing incisor last week and thought it must have happened sometime between her last teeth cleaning a few weeks before and trying to get the possum. But looking at a photo from a few months back the tooth is clearly missing, it’s just taken me this long to notice!
Frankly, it’s surprising she still has any incisors at all! Back before Eris was mine, she was a semi-feral mama cat who dropped a litter of kittens on the other side of our fence. Having four, helpless, prey-sized animals inches away, separated only be a fence drove Hershey mildly insane, and she worked to resolve the situation in her patented problem solving style, chewing. Yes, she attempted to chew through the fence!*
Fortunately for the kittens (I caught them and farmed them out to friends and co-workers) but unfortunately for Hershey’s teeth, she chose the wrong part of the fence to chew through. Instead of a frontal assault, going to work on a relatively thin slat, she attacked from the side and tried to chew through a post. A 4×4 post that was easy for her to get to and get a purchase on, but concealed from immediate view.
By the time I noticed all the bits of wood she had bitten off the damage had been done, to the post and to her teeth.
While the post remained damaged but intact, she had ground most of her incisors down to the root. When I asked the vet about the implications he said dogs can lose those teeth without any real problems. Now that she’s actually lost one I’ll be taking her back and talking with the vet again, just to be sure.
Anyone have any tales to share of canine obsessiveness and/or dental damage? I’d love to read them!
*This is the main reason Eris is named after the trouble making Greek goddess.