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Old 01-19-2005, 09:37 AM   #1
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Puffer Dentistry!!

Saw this on the news last night:

They fixed and overbite on a pufferfish...

http://www.lmas.org/modules.php?op=m...rtid=19&page=1
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thats kinda cool but my issue is why do they let him get like that in the first place ! and they noted that this had been done before ! i have a stars and stiped puffer for over 7 years now and dont have that issue ! he bites on lr and clam shells which keep the teeth down
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wow, that's just crazy!

steve, I totally agree with you! They should get a care sheet after the surgery. (given they should know beforehand...)
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I know Pufferpunk has described this procedure that she has to do from time to time, and she uses clove oil to sedate them. I think sometimes even if you provide them with the hard shells they need, sometimes they don't eat enough of them and they require this to be done. I guess it is something about being in captivity. I have never seen pictures of it, though- thanks for posting!
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Wow!! I wonder what that costs?? My cat has to go in for dental work--my wallet is scared!
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I don't know what it costs, but if it was me, I'd charge A LOT! 8O
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