There are several reasons for a sudden suborbital (below the eye) swelling in dogs – insect bites are indeed possible, but more commonly we should think of trauma, foreign body, tumor and definitely dental disease.
In dogs, discoloured teeth with intact crowns are non-vital in majority (92.2%) of the cases. These teeth can be infected and painful. Therefore, they should be carefully examined and radiographed. It is recommended to treat discoloured teeth.
Many of the oral tumours in dogs can be cured, if they are diagnosed early. Therefore, do not waste precious time and consult your veterinarian as soon as you notice any change in your dog’s mouth.
Full-mouth dental radiographs are still the golden standard of imaging in veterinary dentistry, especially if the animal is presented for the first time, or if the clinical condition has changed significantly since the previous visit. Without obtaining dental radiographs, there is a great chance to miss clinically important findings and poorly treat the patient.
Life-threatening situations are rare in veterinary dentistry and most of the dental/oral emergencies can be prevented by keeping the animal under supervision, especially during the loud festive season. Before giving any over-the-counter medications to your animal, consult with your veterinarian!
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To offer the best possible veterinary dental care to the patients, a well-trained veterinarian must also have appropriate equipment.
Severe inflammation of the oral cavity in cats can be found in the literature under different names, but the term gingivostomatitis indicates general inflammation of the gingiva and non-gingival oral mucosa, especially at the back of the oral cavity. Although it seems relatively rare, the complexity of the syndrome and its painful nature make it one of the most challenging diagnostic and therapeutic problems in feline medicine.