Learning is not a race against time. The most important is not to skip the steps in the learning process; if your dog is not sovereign in a step, go one step back and train more.
To properly diagnose and treat oral and dental diseases in dogs and cats with the goal to improve their quality of life, the animals need to be under general anaesthesia. Significant developments in the field of veterinary anaesthesia in the recent decade enable for a safe anaesthesia, also in animals with other (systemic) diseases.
Most dentistry patients are going home the same day of the procedure. They will be discharged from the hospital when ready to have a short walk and a small meal.
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!