I don't know about you but there's little that scares me as much as dental issues. Even though I know I'm knocked out for the most part when Dr. S. is cleaning my teeth and all, the day before a dentistry, (I know it's coming because I don't get to eat for 24 hours before), I feel extra nervous. And that's when I can anticipate what's going to happen.
So when a poor pooch came into the PPAC looking like he'd been punched in the face—swelling beneath his eye and all that—I had a bad feeling it had to do with the poor guy's tooth and my heart went out to him. How did I know, you ask, being a cat and all rather than an accredited doctor? Come on people give me some credit. I've been writing this blog for almost 5 years. I'm basically a veterinarian. But I digress.
Back to the poor pooch. So he's all swollen in the face and he's running a 104 degree fever and when Dr. S. touched his swollen eye, the dog was very tender to the touch. At this point, the doc had a sneaking suspicion that it was a tooth-related infection of some sort. He went in to examine closer and lifted the pooch's lip up to see that the dog's gums and fourth pre-molar were also swollen. When he touched the gums, blood and pus emerged and it became obvious that his—and my guess—were accurate and the situation was stemming from an infected tooth. See? What did I tell you—I know my stuff!
Dr. S. anesthetized the afflicted pup, extracted the tooth, lanced the abscess, punctured it, drained it, and voila! The swelling receded and the dog is on the mend.
Rotten teeth are a pretty common condition for dogs so if you ever notice swelling appearing with seemingly no explanation or clear origin, it's likely to be dentistry related and your pet should be brought into the PPAC for a check.
Til' next time,