The Daily Digital Photo
Chronicling the life of Clayton and Spenser, with memories of Scooter

December 3, 2007

Clayton had a dental last Friday. Phillip dropped him off in the morning and I picked him up in the afternoon. He had to have one tooth pulled -- a premolar -- which was much better than we had feared. Do you brush your beagles' teeth? We don't, but I know we should. I've heard that just taking a piece of gauze and scrubbing their teeth with it is good way to promote their dental health, and I'm going to try it on both of the boys. When I picked up Clayton he was still groggy and not walking straight and this continued for the rest of the day. He ate supper but slowly. The next morning Clayton did not seem any better and ate his breakfast so slowly that we decided to call the vet. She said that elderly dogs (Clayton is 13 or 14) often take longer to recover from anesthesia and it could be two or three days. Well, this helped a little but we were still concerned; I can probably count the number of times I've seen Clayton eat slowly on one hand.

Then, at about 11:30 on Saturday while I was in the kitchen making egg salad I heard tonails clicking and turned to see Clayton motoring into the kitchen, head high, searching out lunchtime smells. He had a big drink of water then took up his position near the dishwasher to monitor the goings on. Clayton was back! It took about 24 hours from him to recover, so let that be a lesson for those of you with older beagles.