Well, the animals which are alive and well in our sanctuary would disagree with you. One day every six weeks they go to the vet, are anesthetized, and are up and eating normally four hours later. They spend the other time eating, playing, living with their friends, and being normal. I'll let my rat with teeth problems who needs trimming every three weeks that she should want to be dead because she's not living any kind of life.
This is strictly for overgrown molars, not elongated roots, which are an entirely different problem and which are a much more painful ailment for which there is little treatment. Simple overgrown molars (malocclusion) are very common in a variety of species, and it's not at all abnormal to maintain them through regular trims, sometimes as often as 4 weeks apart. If you have a competent vet, your animals are on a schedule such that they are trimmed before there are issues eating or with their teeth growing into their tongues or cheeks, and the procedure itself is done under anesthetic. All of our animals are up, eating, and playing by the end of the day.
You've "seen it" and so have I -- we have a plethora of these animals of many species which we maintain with regular tooth trims; many of whom personally stay at my house, are transported to the vet by me, are picked up afterward, by me. I did it this past Wednesday with a rat that requires trims every 3 weeks. She ate a cookie in the carrier before we left and bruxed. They are not "miserable", and they live a life like any other animal -- except for 6 hours every 6 weeks or so when they go to the vet and have their trims under anesthetic. They're up and eating on their own within the end of the day.
We are as gods to the beasts of the fields. We order the time o' their birth and the time o' their death. Between times, we ha' a duty. - Terry Pratchett.
"Men have forgotten this truth", said the fox, "But you must not forget it. You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed. - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Last edited by Jennicat; 04-17-2010 at 05:43 PM.