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Old 12-04-2012, 02:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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For the past few days Crazy White has been rubbing her muzzle or just about anything she can. Whenever the heat starts in the house she typically gets a bit itchy until she adjust so I did not think much of this. This morning I found she had a GIANT lump on one side below her eye. It seemed painful to the touch and as I ran my hand down her face there seemed to be a few more smaller "lumps". I have put warm compresses on her all day. We have an appointment this evening (first available). I am hoping....infection? Any ideas???
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Old 12-04-2012, 04:52 PM   #2 (permalink)
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At first thought, a tooth abcess. My previous girl, Shadow, had exactly those symptoms when she had an abcess of the carnassial tooth (largest molar). Can you see any damage to the upper jaw teeth on the same side as the bump? X-rays are in order at the vet's.

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You called it. They are not doing xrays(did not even offer). We did blood work and came home with abx. If the blood results are stable (kidney, liver, etc) we will have a tooth pulled (they think it is the tooth as the gum is inflamed). She is 13 now so I worry about anesthesia issues. Thanks
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I'll be hoping all goes well with anesthesia! & I hope your luck changes soon too.
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Poor baby. Hope all goes well.


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You called it. They are not doing xrays(did not even offer). We did blood work and came home with abx. If the blood results are stable (kidney, liver, etc) we will have a tooth pulled (they think it is the tooth as the gum is inflamed). She is 13 now so I worry about anesthesia issues. Thanks
Is it the big molar they are talking about pulling? Do they do that sort of dental surgery often? When Shadow had her abcess and needed the tooth extracted, my vets, who are family btw, wouldn't touch it and referred to a canine vet dentist. My vets said that the large tooth has 3 huge long roots and they didn't have the experience or the equipment needed. Shadow had major tooth problems in her older years and had to have a total of 3 extracted,big ones, around age 11. She came through the anesthetic with flying colours, thankfully.

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I so hope this is not the same but last week my boy had swelling around the eye. I thought a bug bite but later he screamed when he picked up his ball.

Does she have any discomfort if you try and open her mouth? (Cooper could still eat just not open his mouth fully)

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Is it the big molar they are talking about pulling? Do they do that sort of dental surgery often? When Shadow had her abcess and needed the tooth extracted, my vets, who are family btw, wouldn't touch it and referred to a canine vet dentist. My vets said that the large tooth has 3 huge long roots and they didn't have the experience or the equipment needed. Shadow had major tooth problems in her older years and had to have a total of 3 extracted,big ones, around age 11. She came through the anesthetic with flying colours, thankfully.

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Very good point. I'd check your vets experience with dental work before proceeding. Roots can be oddly shaped sometimes and make extractions difficult. No way to know this without an x-ray.
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You called it. They are not doing xrays(did not even offer). We did blood work and came home with abx. If the blood results are stable (kidney, liver, etc) we will have a tooth pulled (they think it is the tooth as the gum is inflamed). She is 13 now so I worry about anesthesia issues. Thanks
Banshee had the majority of her teeth pulled last year at the age of 12. She was under for a very long time. I was also very concerned about the age and anesthesia but they closely monitor them, do organ function bloodwork prior. With only one tooth, she shouldn't be under very long.
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Old 12-06-2012, 04:29 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I asked in the initial appointment about their ability to do this. They said they were equipped.... Beast had to go to the specialist right after we got him. He had a hole in the back of the tooth with pulp leaking out. His tooth had stopped developing around 5 months of age. He had to have the fang pulled, root removed and a bone graft.... I am suppressing the anxiety about her tooth....
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