yesterday Goliath had a bit of an accident. He was running into the house and instead of watching where he was going he was watching my moms dog who was just ahead of him. He smashed face first into the back step and tore his gum/lip apart, nothing serious just lots of blood, BUT when I was checking him out he had a really loose tooth. I took him to the vets, and she examined him, and says he has a broken chin. (note he is a rescued dog who came to me after 3 previous owners where he was physically abused) Anyway she said that sometimes bad pareodontal disease which he has causes the tooth connections to the bone to weak and thus weakening the bone. Anyway, as she was checking him out she noticed she could move each side of his bottom jaw separately, and said that because of the dental disease it has either been broken for quite a while now..just naturally on its own, OR it was broken during the accident because of the weakening in the bone. There isn't much jaw bone in chihuahuas being as they are such small dogs and she says shes seen this before. Anyway now I have to get his jaw plated back together and at LEAST 4 teeth pulled. I'm so sad and worried about him, this is going to cost a fortune and ppl are telling me to put him down, but hes still happy and eating on his own (soft food). And I figure that surgery is still cheaper for me than putting him down, buying a new puppy and going through all the costs of raising a dog. BESIDES nothing can replace him and I really don't want to lose him. I'm really tired right now so this post might be slightly confusing, for which I appologize. I just wanted to talk to people who understand the love we have for our wee babies. Also does anyone have any experience with dog dentists? Because either hes going to see the orthopedic vet in town here OR when I go to Toronto for thanksgiving next weekend he'll be going to Guelph to the dental specialists there (its the vet university). Anyway, thanks for reading.