Aurora Rutledge recently adopted a Great Dane, Loko. When she brought in Loki in for her one-year checkup, she was surprised that the vet had told her that she has 70 teeth which is around 28 more teeth than normal for a Great Dane breed.
Unfortunately, the vet recommended to remove 21 teeth which landed her a $770 (£609) vet bill.
Aurora, a 31-year-old bar owner, said: “I had taken him to our local vet as a routine check up since he was a new rescue and mentioned to the doctor that the people we got him from mentioned that he may have retained baby teeth.
“Loki is a giant puppy and is very energetic – so I hadn’t had a chance to look inside his mouth myself beforehand.
“When we did get a chance to have a little look we could see he had more than normal, but we didn’t think he’d have 70 teeth in there!
“The vet administered dental extraction onto Loki and removed 21 of his teeth, leaving him with 49 – which is still seven more than average.
“It was something that massively shocked us, but we’re just so glad that he is home and recovering now.”
Aurora explained that her doggo Loki was diagnosed with an extreme case of hyperdontia.
She said: “Hyperdontia is a genetic anomaly, but it is never usually seen to such an extreme as this. The vet cannot rule out that he may have this as a result of poor breeding – so the rescue we got him from is working hard to track down his breeder to hopefully stop something as painful as this happening again. The night of and morning after the procedure were rough – he bled all over my couches, rug, kitchen, dog bed, me. We had to give him a medication to make him sleepy, so he wouldn’t be up and around. Right now he’s still on soft food and transitioning him to more solid kibble slowly. After this, as far as dental goes, hopefully after all is healed, he will not even notice he had so many additional teeth! We will make sure he has his routine dental checks, especially since they did leave seven more teeth than average.”
Despite having to chew down the big bill, Aurora insisted that you can’t put a price on the love of a dog.