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How to Teach an Old Dog New Tricks: Make Her Feel Better!

April 22, 2017
Phinney’s was recently contacted by a pup’s mom in distress. Specifically, her dog Lilynina (Lily for short) had significant dental disease that needed to be treated. Lily’s veterinarian recommended that Lily have dental surgery to remove built up calculus above and below the gum line and to extract diseased, loose teeth.
Lily’s mom couldn’t pay to treat her precious pup, so Phinney’s Friends assisted with the cost of the dental surgery. Lily had nine dental extractions during the procedure. That’s a lot of teeth! And even though this left Lily toothless, it meant that Lily had the source of her pain and infection removed. No worries about Lily being toothless! Once her gums heal, she will be able to chew wet and even dry food with no difficulty; it may be a little more messy. But hey, that’s what paper towels are for!

Lily’s mom called Phinney’s Friends a couple weeks after her surgery, and she is very happy to report that Lily is “a whole new dog!” She is far more active and playful, doing things she hasn’t done in quite a long time, probably because the source of her chronic pain and infection has been eliminated. Lily’s mom said the title of Lily‘s story should be, “As the saying goes, you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. But you can, when they are feeling better!”
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