Many times we are presented with a pet whose teeth are terribly diseased. They have lost most of their attachment to the jaw, and the gums are swollen, infected and bleeding. Amazingly, after neglecting the pet's mouth to this condition, some owners are distressed because "You pulled his teeth."
Teeth like these are the dental equivalent of "dead man walking". They can't get back to normal, and can bring the pet nothing but pain. They have GOT to come out. What prompted me to post was a new analogy that I'm going to try out. We're always looking for a way to make the pet's dental problem more real to the owner.
Shannon walked by and I asked if she'd put one of those nasty things in her mouth. She didn't curse much and she didn't hit me very hard. I said, "Hey, the dog had those in her mouth all the time."
Well, maybe that's just too gross. Sorry about that, chief.