Dear Maxine: Terrified in Tennessee

Welcome to another installment of Dear Maxine, where my canine, feline (and occasional human), write in to ask my advice about proper immunizations, nutrition, behaviors, or anything else that questions their minds. (Full disclosure, my human mom helps me with this.) This week’s letter comes from a corgi in Nashville who needs some dental work done and fears the dentist.

Dear Maxine,

My humans recently found that I have a broken took in the back of my mouth. It doesn’t bother me, and it isn’t affecting how I eat, but my vet says it needs to come out. I fear the dentist and am petrified of having a surgical procedure. My human is scared, too. Why is it so important to have my tooth taken out?