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What are Oral Injuries?

There may be times when a piece of twig or a rock can become lodged across the roof of your dog’s mouth, called the hard palate. This type of situation will cause distress to your dog and they may become panicked, clawing at their mouth or coughing. Your primary veterinarian will most likely be able to remove the stick or rock without having to perform surgery or refer you to a specialist.

Veterinary dentistry is becoming an important part of a dog’s routine care. You should maintain a regular schedule of dental cleanings and examinations so your dog can be quickly treated for any oral injuries that are preventing them from being comfortable. Some veterinarians are equipped to handle specialty cases involving oral injuries, but in many cases, your veterinarian may need to refer you to a dental specialist.

Just like humans, oral hygiene and care is very important to dogs. Oral injuries can occur to the soft tissues of the tongue, cheeks, lips or tonsils from foreign objects that dogs like to find and chew. Lacerations are the biggest problem in a dog’s mouth since the soft tissue is sensitive and susceptible to cuts, abrasions and infections. Tumors of the soft tissue of the mouth along with other oral injuries can cause your dog to have difficulty eating.

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Symptoms of Oral Injuries in Dogs

When your dog is suffering from an oral injury, sometimes you do not realize they are in pain until you begin to notice weight loss or a refusal to eat or drink. In some instances, the pain is so severe that you have an emergency situation; you will need to seek veterinary attention immediately. Symptoms of oral injuries to watch for include:

  • Swelling of the lips, tongue or cheeks
  • Lump on the lips, tongue or cheek
  • Open laceration in the mouth
  • Foul smell in the mouth
  • Pus or blood in the mouth
  • Refusal to eat or drink
  • Weight loss
  • Clawing at the mouth
  • Crying when chewing
  • Sensitive to a physical examination of the mouth

Causes of Oral Injuries in Dogs

Oral injuries in dogs can occur from a number of different sources. Dogs are forever finding foreign objects to chew on and sometimes those objects cause lacerations, punctures or even abscesses in your dog’s mouth. Oral tumors are also a concern when any type of mass is found your dog’s mouth. Sticks can become lodged in the roof of your dog’s mouth, causing irritation and panic in your dog. Lacerations can occur from bones, wood or rocks that your dog finds, lacerations can easily become infected if not treated quickly. Puncture wounds in your dog’s mouth from foreign objects can cause abscesses and infections that can become life-threatening. 

Oral care for your dog is essential to maintaining a healthy, long life. It is essential that you schedule regular dental examinations and cleanings for your dog. By having regular examinations, any oral injuries can hopefully be found and resolved before they become serious and potentially life-threatening.

Diagnosis of Oral Injuries in Dogs

Your veterinarian will begin by taking your dog’s full medical history and a list of the symptoms that you have observed. A physical examination of your dog’s neck, head and mouth will be done by your veterinarian. In order to perform a thorough examination, your veterinarian may need to sedate your dog or use general anesthesia. The oral cavity will be checked for any signs of injury such as bruising, lacerations, remnants of splinters or abscess.  

X-rays and ultrasounds may be ordered to look for any signs that a foreign object has caused your dog distress in their mouth. Endoscopy can also be used to determine if a foreign object has been pushed down into the esophagus. 

Your veterinarian may opt to refer you to a veterinarian who has specialized in canine dentistry if the oral injury is too severe for general veterinary medicine to deal with. Severe lacerations, tumors or abscesses may require a specialist to properly treat.

Treatment of Oral Injuries in Dogs

Oral surgeries in dogs are on the rise as more and more veterinarians are specializing in canine dentistry. If your dog is suffering from a laceration in their mouth, they will need to be put under general anesthesia. While they are under general anesthesia, the laceration will be fully assessed, cleaned and sutured. A course of antibiotics will be prescribed to prevent infection.

Abscesses found in the mouth will also need to be initially treated under general anesthesia. Your veterinarian will fully assess the abscess and will most likely need to lance it so the infection can drain. A drain tube may need to be inserted to ensure that the abscess does not close prematurely. Antibiotics will be prescribed to remove the infection and prevent further complications.

Oral tumors will require a biopsy to determine if the growth is cancerous or benign. The biopsy will be done under local sedation or general anesthetic. A portion of the tumor is removed and sent to a lab for biopsy. Depending on the results of the biopsy, the tumor will need to be surgically removed and then the area will need to be monitored. Antibiotics will be prescribed following surgery. If your dog is diagnosed with cancer, then your veterinarian will discuss treatment options and prognosis at that time.

Recovery of Oral Injuries in Dogs

Most dogs will have a good prognosis following being diagnosed with oral injuries. Your veterinarian will be able to give you an accurate recovery timeline for your dog’s oral injuries. Be sure to give all medications as directed and follow all post-surgical instructions provided by your veterinarian. 

Dogs that have been diagnosed with cancer may have a more guarded prognosis depending on the type of cancer and to what stage it has progressed.

Oral Injuries Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Panzer
German Shepherd Dog
5 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

My 5 year old male German Shepherd must have some form of mouth injury. His name is Panzer and he has been healthy his entire life luckily. Yesterday morning, at around 6am, I woke up with him beside me in bed and there was about a 5 inch circle of blood on the sheets were he was laying down. I didn’t know where it was coming from so I checked him over and didn’t see anything and he was acting 100% fine. Then I saw a little bit of blood on his chin and thought that made he vomited that. He went potty (both) and everything was fine. He drinks and eats and even wants to play. But I did see that the bleeding was in his mouth and he kept licking his lips. So atleast it wasn’t from
Vomit and is not an internal issue. It has happened twice since yesterday morning and both times it has stopped essentially as soon as I saw it. And both times have been significant less blood than the previous. He is still acting himself and doesn’t seem in pain, although he will not let me look at his gums above his top-front teeth(where I suspect he might be bleeding from). With that being said, I do not want to rush to the vet right away and over-react to end up paying a lot of money just to check for cuts. What would you recommend for Panzer Sir/Ma’am? Thank you so much!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are many possible causes of bleeding from the mouth which may include dental disease, tumours, poisoning, clotting disorders, cuts etc… I cannot say whether you should be concerned or not as I cannot examine Panzer’s mouth; you can take a wait and see approach if Panzer is eating and drinking normally but if the bleeding continues you should get him checked out. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My dogs got into a fight. And my Little Pitt Bull Mix latched onto my German Shepards Cheek. There was some blood last night. This morning I noticed she is not eating or drinking and cried a little when I tried to pet her under her cheek. Should I give it some time to heal or take her in to a vet?

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Kel
Labrador Retriever
19 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Wound

My labrador was playing fetch when the stick stuck into the ground, as you can imagine the stick managed to cut him somewhere on the back of the throat. There was blood and he did yelp at the time. It stopped bleeding fairly quickly, however I cannot determine the location of the wound, it's either roof of mouth by the back of tongue or near the back of the throat. He walked home well, running to the pond and to see other dogs, but then became more subdued. Since arriving home he is very quiet and clearly in pain, he is keeping his mouth closed and not playing at all. He did eat his food, however. Should I be concerned? We missed our local vets, they were just closing as I rang and were unwilling to wait 5 minutes. Around 10 mins after hurting himself he was sick, there was a fair bit of blood. He does tend to freak out and overreact when Hurting so it is difficult to tell how he is. I'm guessing that a cut to the mouth is rather painful, maybe this is why he's so subdued?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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It is hard to know what damage may have been done by the stick to the back of Kel's mouth without seeing the wound. He may have seriously injured himself, or he may be painful. Either way, he should see your veterinarian - they'll need to assess the area and determine what treatment may be needed for him. I hope that he is okay.

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Sammy
Labrador Retriever
11 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Sleeping and will not eat

My dog & I were outside playing,he loves to catch sticks. He poked the back of his mouth with a stck,he didn't yelp but it did bleed. He will not really let me look at it but I know it broke the skin. What do I do to prevent infection? Don't have the money for the vet at the moment.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without examining Sammy, I can't say for sure what treatment might be necessary. If it was a small scrape with the stick, the mouth is quite resistant to infection and it may resolve on its' own over a couple of days. If he has a piece of the stick lodged under the skin in his mouth or it penetrated any other structures, he could have larger problems. If he is eating and drinking and bright and playful, and not bothering with his mouth, you should be okay to monitor it. If he is not doing any of those things, or you notice a foul odor, it would be best to have him seen by your veterinarian to be examined. I hope that Sammy recovers uneventfully!

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Ellie
Border Collie German Shepherd
8 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Abscess or Growth on Lip

Yesterday I noticed this small discolored growth on my dog’s upper lip, within her mouth. It makes her lip stick out from her teeth a bit and I suspect it may have been there for awhile because she’s always seemed to have slight swelling there. Well the growth or abscess is not the same color as the rest of her mouth tissue. It is almost the tan color of a piece of food. I tried moving it thinking maybe it was a piece of food but it is part of her mouth. Any recommendations for what I should do or if this warrants a trip to the vet? Is this normal?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Discolouration of the mucous membranes isn’t unusual and may appear brown or black; however new discolouration and discolouration associated with swelling or lumps should be monitored closely. Without examining Ellie’s mouth and feeling the area, I cannot say if you should be concerned or not; I would keep an eye on it and visit your Veterinarian if there is a change in size, colour or anything else concerning. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bodie
German Shorthaired Pointer
2 years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

On Saturday my dog was running full speed to retrieve a ball. He was looking up in the air and his a tree straight now. He yelped and cried. Initially he was favoring his right front leg, however, since that time that has been fine. I have pushed on his belly, spine, legs, and nothing seems to bother or hurt him. He is eating well, drinking well, still playing a little. What I have noticed is that he acts like he has something in his throat and coughs move than usual. When is barks he sometimes has a higher squeak. Do you think he could have hurt his throat/windpipe and if so what should I do? He lets me rub his throat with no pain. I am sure he got one heck of a whiplash.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Bodie seems otherwise in good spirits, I would keep an eye on him for a few days to look for signs of improvement; if you don’t see any improvement by Thursday or Friday you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination to determine the specific nature of the injury and whether any medication may help or further rest is required. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bowser
pitbull
4 Months
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling

My 4 month old pitbull puppy bit his own cheek when he got scared. It is quite swollen and he cries out we touch it. He isn't bleeding anymore and is sleeping on the couch. Do we need to take him to the vet or will keeping it clean and icing it be sufficient?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If the wound is relatively small and not bleeding, good nursing care should be sufficient; obviously keep a close eye on it and if it is causing problems with eating, wont stop bleeding or starts to look infected, visit your Veterinarian. Dogs damage the inside of their mouths regularly by biting themselves and from foreign objects (sticks etc…) and usually resolve without incident. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Koda
Alaskan Husky
2 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Wound

My dogs lower jaw got caught in his collar. He has a cut near the courier of his mouth on his lip. It looks like a hole or tear. Should I take him to the vet? Or will in house first aid work. I am worried he will start and bite back.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Koda’s jaw was stuck in his collar I would recommend visiting his Veterinarian as their may be also joint and muscle damage caused by pressure pulling the jaw down; depending on the size of the cut, at home first aid of keeping it clean and free of debris may help but I would visit your Veterinarian to be on the safe side and especially if you are unable to clean the area due to aggression. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Able
APBT
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Our 1 yr old pitbull has been chewing bones for the last 2 days and we noticed last night that his mouth was sore and swollen. He has small sores inside his mouth. What can we do to help him here at home?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You shouldn’t allow Able to chew any more bones for the meantime and he shouldn’t be chewing any bones which are cooked as these are brittle and sharp which may cause gastrointestinal perforation. You should make sure that Able is able to drink and eat (wet food may be best as kibbles may scratch the injuries), keep an eye on him but you may need to visit your Veterinarian for some antibiotics as oral injuries may get infected easily. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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coffee
Shih-Tzu
4 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

has a cold
refuse to eat

my shihtzu hasn't eaten food for about 3 days and his weight declined radically so i check his gums and mouth for any problem and i saw his tongue has a purple color that looks like a bruise and it's smell very awful. so i went to the vet and told me that my dog's tongue has been infected. She gave me oral medications and shots some antibiotics to my dog, but my dog refuse to eat even i use a syringe to feed him. any suggestion to make my dog eat again he lost so many weight and i'm so worried about him. sometimes even he ate his food after a couple of hours or minute he vomit all of his food that he takes before. Thank You for any suggestions.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Eating with an infected tongue is painful (ask any person with a tongue piercing); whilst Coffee’s weight loss is concerning, it is more important that he remains hydrated and is taking the antibiotics prescribed by your Veterinarian. I would try to encourage him to eat with wet food which has been slightly warmed up in the microwave (like you would do for baby food) as it becomes more fragrant and more appetising. But I would focus more on hydration and his antibiotics for now. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Ziggy
miniature poodle
6 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

My 6mth old 8lbs mini poodle got in a scuffle with our corgi female ( he was trying to sniff her buns and hump her; she is at the end of a heat cycle and she has already been bred and I didn’t get her bathed yet so he could still smell that ) I didn’t notice any bleeding at all and I always check very carefully... I had even bathed him didn’t see anything until this afternoon I noticed his right cheek was swollen... I checked the out side nothing so I checked the inside and sure enough a hole about the size of a nickel... I think he bit his own cheek in the scuffle... I wouldn’t worry to much about it cause he is barking and eating and drinking and spunky but he is slightly blind which he normally has great vision... I walk about five feet away he starts barking at me which he never has then I walk back to him and he cautiously sniffs me then he is good. Is this normal when fighting off infection?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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This isn’t a normal and isn’t consistent with an oral injury like you are describing; I agree that biting his own check isn’t really serious unless it gets infected and will heal quickly on its own. I am more concerned with possible causes for the loss or the decrease in vision; traumatic event can cause injury to the eye leading to lens issues, retina issues among other problems. I would give Ziggy a few days to see if the vision improves, if not you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination of his eye. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank you so much... yes since yesterday asking you about this he and his eye sight have improved to the point I would say normal and the swelling has gone down by half and the wound looks to be healing nicely... ziggy and I both thank you.. oh and I think she bit him on his eye when it was closed... not enough to injure badly ... she mostly is a pincher.. she never bites down all the way which is why there never is any blood. But I was thinking that could account for his temporary blindness.

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Cuda
Australian Shepherd
18 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Tongue Bleeding

My dog bit his tongue while we were playing frisbee. I noticed blood on the frisbee when he brought it back and upon further investigation he indeed have a cut on the side of his tongue. He doesn’t seem to be in pain at all but this did just happen. It bled for only a few minutes but I am a worry wart and want to know if I should keep an eye on it for signs of infection.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Trauma to the tongue tends to heal very quickly if it is minor. There are a fair number of bacteria in the mouth, but small wounds tend to be quite resistant to those bacteria in dogs. If he has any signs of pain, not wanting to eat, foul smell, or the wound appears to be getting worse more red or has any yellow or green residue, he should be seen by a veterinarian for treatment. I hope that he heals uneventfully.

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Raven
German Shepherd
12 Weeks
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Tongue Bleeding

Our dog licked on cold metal while playing outside. She ripped some layers of her tongue off. There was quite a bit of bleeding when she pulled it off, but it seems to have stopped bleeding now. How should we treat this?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your question. She should be examined by her veterinarian, as that is probably quite painful for her, and she will probably need pain medication as well as antibiotics to keep her comfortable and able to eat while it heals. Without seeing her, I can't say for sure, but your veterinarian will be able to look at her and prescribe the appropriate medications for her. She may also need soft food until that area heals.

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Bella
pit bull terrier
7 Weeks
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Hard Palette
Bleeding

Yesterday we got a 7 week old pit mix puppy. Last night she scratched the roof of her mouth. She didn't scream, and she's eating, & drinking fine, but it's bleeding bad. Since last night. I've tried cold milk, ice, a wet tea bag, pressure, I just can't get it to stop bleeding. Note that I really couldn't hold pressure but a few seconds at a time, same with the tea bag, & ice. Is there anything the vet could do? Can they roof of the mouth be sewed? The cut is a inch long or less, probably less.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It can be difficult to get some oral injuries to stop bleeding due to the mouth being so wet, clotting sometimes doesn’t work; the roof of the mouth or palate can be sutured closed if required but without examining Bella I cannot say whether that is the best option or not. You should visit a Veterinarian for an examination to see if they are able to stop the bleeding or if the wound is deep, surgery may be required. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank you. With a tight budget it's hard. But I will definitely try.

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Ruby
Boxer
8 Years
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Puncture Wound
Swelling

48 hrs ago my boxer bitten by a small dog on her upper lip. The dog was quiet small and was almost hanging off of Ruby, however as soon as the other dog let go my dog was fine, wagging her tail and there was no sign of blood. Last night we checked her mouth and saw a small puncture wound in her mouth and swelling to her upper lip above the wound. We are unsure about whether or not to take her to the vet as she is eating and drinking as normal and is not showing any signs of pain. Any help would be appreciated! Thank you!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A puncture wound which doesn’t seem to be causing much issue with eating and drinking can be just watched to ensure that it heals properly; make sure that after eating and drinking that the wound is clean (as clean as it can be). Check the wound daily for changes in colour and for any oozing, if you are not seeing any improvements you should visit your Veterinarian for a check over. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank you very much for your advice, we will definitely be following it!

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Lochy
English Springer Spaniel
18 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Tear
Cut

My dog had a collision with another dog and has torn his lip away from his gum on one side. There was a lot of blood at the time but this has since rescinded and both gum and lip appear ok, no sign of infection (it happened yesterday). His lip would normally be joined to his gum just behind his canine, now his face looks drooped on one side as if he has had a stroke. Is there anything that can be done for this, should anything be done for this? He does not appear to be suffering and is enjoying his food and playing with a ball, holding toys still etc. He does drool out of the injured side of his mouth now. Pictures of injury:
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1q_m3Zc3Pcnqxr4OGxf2JF7gaeVF9nOID
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1ZCG24yuq2bTWryrAdU5RNy7EAyyMvwta

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Lochy needs to have that injury evaluated and surgically repaired. The lip and gum can be surgically re-attached. A veterinarian will be able to look at it and let you know the recommended therapy and expected outcome.

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Czar
Labrador Retriever
17 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Foul smell from mouth

Yesterday my 17 month old dog tried to sniff through the gates of another house and got bitten by the Dog. When we showed the vet, he said that if the other dog has his vaccinations in place (which the owner says he does), then there is no need to take any shots. I'm a bit concerned and want to cross check. Does she actually need any shots today?

P.S. my dog has a cut on his cheek and inner lip. But he ate his food fine and is behaving normally. Anything I should do for him as well? It's been a day and a white layer has formed over the wound inside his mouth. But there is a foul smell coming from his mouth.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I hope that Czar is on antibiotics for this bite wound, as those can get infected very quickly. As far as vaccines, if Czar is up to date on his Rabies, Distemper and Parvovirus vaccines, then he should be okay as far as infectious disease. If his mouth is not getting better, he needs a recheck with a veterinarian, and most likely antibiotics.

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Leila
bahamian potcake
7 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting
Sleepiness
Appetite loss
Diarrhea
Lethargy
Bleeding gums

Medication Used

Trimethoprim
prednisone

my intact(only because she has a heart murmur) female mixed breed started doing very dark brown & slimy, watery poops on Sunday night. i gave her some charcoal because i've used it in the past whenever one of my dogs eats something dumb, in retrospect i guess i shouldn't have but anyway I did and sometime between 2am-9am monday she threw up her food from sunday morning(i only feed 1x day)that looked pretty undigested for how long it had been in her belly.monday am i fed her normal food but only 1/3 of what she normally gets, to go easy on her. she slept all day.tuesday am she was very slow to get up and move and seemed a bit unsteady.took her to the only vet (i live on a small island&vet doesnt even live here,he commutes from another island&is only open on tues&thurs) and of course she perked up in anticipation of treats and was almost her normal lively self,all they did at vet was take her temp 100.9 weighed her 59lbs -normal took a fecal sample and supposedly that didnt show any worms or anything but he didn't take the time to say what all he had tested for.so he injected prednisone&an antibiotic and gave me tablets to start the next day.i expected an improvement by that evening but she was still the same and had also lost her appetite, so i havent been able to start her on the tablets.this morning she drank a good amount of water and then threw up two biley pools of water.today she has been the same,i've been trying to entice her with favorite foods with not much succes(she's been on a raw diet bc of grain allergies for well over a year now &this has been the first time she's had digestive issues since i made the switch,so i was trying chicken gizzards at first, then some mahi fish fillet cut in very small chunks, chicken breast done the same, egg, and even papaya, her all time favourite)may i mention this dog has never refused food before in her 7 years, her appetite didn't disappear this bad even when she had tick fever a few years ago, but she's still drinking water.you can just see the pain in her eyes.so today on my lunch hour i went and found some holistic grain free beef canned food and tried that and she wouldnt eat it out of the bowl but would lick it off my fingers.she also refused the goat milk i offered but drank a small syringe full when i offered it that way. so i started paying closer attention to her mouth(nothing lodged in her teeth that i can see) but her gum is bleeding and there is a light discoloration on either side of the underneath of her tongue, almost thrush looking. she's a bit perkier when i got home from work this afternoon but still only takes the canned food in very small amounts from my fingers.pooped this evening&it was a solid turd followed by the runs. i'm at my wits end trying to figure this out on my own and i cant afford to keep going to a vet that just gives a broad spectrum treatment &sends you on your way.if i have some possible diagnoses to go to him with i have a good chance of figuring this thing out, i think. or should i continue the canned food a la hand regimen until she finally eats enough to give her the meds? i'm so confused right now, i know she needs meds but her poor stomach is so weak right now,sometimes i can hear it gurgling&growling, that i fear medicating her on what tiny bit she has in her belly will do more harm than good.so far she hasn't vomitted since sometime in the early AM hours today(some of the fish from last night&neckbones from chicken necks she ate yesterday AM before vet-vertebrae were all separated so i know she at least partially digested them)sorry for rambling but i wanted to give as much info as possible.thanks in advance for ANY advice would really appreciate it!! PS there hasnt been any blood in her vomit or stool that i can see

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You should really try and get the prescribed medication into Leila as you will see little to no improvement unless treatment is started; hand feeding can be tedious but beneficial if she will eat the food and keep it down, try to stick with a basic bland diet over many different foods as well as ensuring that she is kept hydrated (milk may curdle causing vomiting so it is not recommended in this case). You should give the prescribed treatment a chance to work, but I cannot make a diagnosis without examining her first and there are many possible causes which may be causing these symptoms. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Kevin
australian shepherd mix
4 Months
Fair condition
1 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Scraped gum

I noticed when looking in my dogs mouth that he has scraped a part of his gum above his back tooth, I can only assume that this happened when he was chewing on his new toy that I got him, it doesn’t seem to be bleeding, or bothering him, I have been keeping I clean with a warm cloth, should I take him to the vets or will this heal on it’s own?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. If Kevin has a superficial scrape over his tooth, those types of wounds tend to heal quickly. If it isn't healing within a couple of days, or he stops eating and drinking or seems to be bothered by the wound, he should see his veterinarian.

Thank you so much, I can now stop worrying 😊

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Rubyred
Jack Russell Terrier
13 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

I have a 13yr old jack russell she smells bad like shes spoiled or a rooten smell.she was fine she just started acting diffrent.her mouth looks sore she has missing teeth and for 2 days she wont eat or drink like it hurts her.i had to give her water in a syringe.please help me .cant afford vet.

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If there is a dental problem, then you would need to visit your Veterinarian for an examination as Rubyred may have an infection in her gums or an abscess forming in the mouth; without an examination I cannot say for sure but the smell is something to be concerned about. There are charity clinics and nonprofits which can offer low cost veterinary care and I would highly recommend that you search in your local area for an organisation where you can take Rubyred to be examined. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Spot
Jack Russell Terrier
9 Weeks
Fair condition
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My 9 week old Jack Russel puppy whilst play fighting with our cocker spaniel has either bitten his tongue or somewhere inside his mouth. The bleeding has stopped but he keeps crying out every few minutes and is a bit shaky.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is important to comfort Spot and keep him comfortable; without knowing where the injury is it is difficult to determine what treatment is required, if there has been damage to the palate surgery may be required for example. I would keep Spot calm and feed him some soft food mixed with water; if you have a chance to see inside his mouth look for injuries, but if you cannot see inside, Spot is bleeding again or he isn’t eating visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Nash
pit bull terrier
3 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Mouth wound
Mouth cut
swollen

My dog was bitten on his face by another dog yesterday. At first we just thought it was as one minor scratch on the front of his face but when I went to touch us jowel, he winced and pulled away. Under his lip was another scratch that was causing his lip/jowel to swell and become tender. We’ve tried icing the area but he’s not a fan. It’s started to form white across the wound that seems to be a scab forming but it’s just so wet in there I don’t know if it’s the healing process or an infection.

Here is a link to what it looks like: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1e6I4o8NzLCH1IYeyANW1tFsjkNff00HR

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Dog bite wounds can be quite painful, and can get infected very quickly. It would be best to have Nash seen by a veteirnarian, as they will be able to assess him, determine if he needs any treatment, and make sure that he is okay.

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Apollo
Labrottie
8 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

My puppy Apollo just came in from the backyard and almost immediately began clawing at his mouth. He moves his tongue around while he's doing this as if trying to push something back out. He is going to the vet tomorrow on an appointment for his monthly check up, but my family and I would like to know what we should ask the vet and what we may be able to do before tomorrow. He refuses to allow my mother and I to check his throat for foreign objects. My backyard has a firepit and many trees. Being fall, there are some dead twigs around the yard, so my family fears he may have wood in his throat or a splinter is his mouth of tongue.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without checking Apollo’s throat or mouth it is difficult to determine what the specific issue is, inducing vomiting shouldn’t be done as this may cause more harm to him; if you are unable to see and he cannot drink or eat you should visit an Emergency Veterinarian for a check as he may be in extreme pain (dogs are stoic). Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Paloma
Mutt
Two Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

small laceration

My dog (22months) spends a couple of days a week with a group of dogs and came home today with a tiny tear on her lip. She doesn't appear in pain, ate without incident. She is up to date with vaccinations. Should I be concerned about possible infection?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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It is always a good idea to keep an eye on any wound, especially if it may have been caused by another dog. If the wound starts getting red, has a discharge or odor, or is bothering her, it would be best to have her seen by your veterinarian.

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Rocket
Greyhound
11 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

I have a 11yr old greyhound. Last night I noticed he had a macadamia nut lodged on his upper rear tooth. He was unable to close his mouth & was scratching with his paw. This has damaged the side of his mouth & cheek.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Hopefully you have been able to dislodge the macadamia nut from Rocket’s tooth, also please bear in mind that whilst they are not poisonous macadamia nuts may cause gastrointestinal illness in dogs so it is best that they are not exposed to them. If there are slight scratches to the check and mouth, bathing them with some warm water may help; if they are deep and bleeding I would recommend visiting your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM https://wagwalking.com/condition/macadamia-nuts-poisoning www.msdvetmanual.com/toxicology/food-hazards/macadamia-nuts

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Molly
Border Collie
4 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Drooling

While walking my dog she hurt her throat with a stick which got stuck in the ground . I don’t think there was any stick left in her throat and she didn’t bleed but she did seem to have scratched her back of the throat on the right side of the mouth. She’s now drooling on that side and just laying down quietly. What should we do ?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You should try to rinse out Molly’s mouth the best that you can, sticks may leave debris and splinters in the mouth in these types of injuries which may cause some severe irritation. If Moly continues to drool, you should visit your Veterinarian so they can examine the back of the throat and remove any splinters or debris which may be causing an issue. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Capone
Red nose Pitbull
3 Years
Mild condition
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I have a red nose pit bull named Capone and my step dad has a chow named bear. Well Capone is way younger than bear and was wanting to play with bear and he is just a big kid really, but bear at the time didn't want to play and bit Capone and put a big gash in his tongue last night. The bleeding has stopped and Im worried bout infection tho, cause it is little bigger than an inch long and goes all the way threw so it looks like when bear bit, Capone pulled away, and bear didn't let go at first, so sad really and Capone still wanted to play with him but I don't have the money for a vet! What can I do? Or what should I do to make sure my baby is going to be OK and stay OK?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If the wound has punctured straight through the tongue you should visit a Veterinarian regardless of cost as there is no ‘at home treatment’ that I can ethically recommend. Infection, correct healing and comfort (may cause a loss of appetite due to pain) are all possible problems that may occur without Veterinary care. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Olive
Border Collie
3 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Laceration

A couple days ago my two dogs were playing, a 3 year old french bulldog, and my border collie puppy. I heard my puppy yelp and start to whine with no indication of what was hurting her so I went to check on her and after a while she calmed down. A while later I noticed in her mouth there was a cut that didn't look too bad. A couple days later i noticed it again and it had gotten much worse. There doesnt seem to be any infection, and the bleeding has long stopped, but i'm worried about how it will heal and the possibility of it getting infected.

Pictures:

https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/240927989058109441/401976262832291851/20180113_211621.jpg https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/240927989058109441/401976262006145024/20180113_211616.jpg https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/240927989058109441/401976261284462592/20180113_211628.jpg

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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From the images provided I can see that this is severe deep laceration which would require veterinary attention do the to location which is prone to secondary infection and can be difficult to heal due to eating, drinking, chewing toys etc… I wouldn’t let this go untreated by a Veterinarian and surgery is most likely indicated to close the wound and assist in healing. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Lily
Cane Corso
6 Months
Serious condition
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2 days ago my dog attacked our puppy out of nowhere, today I noticed back tooth roots and all have been pulled from gum and is still attached side of gum. gum is also torn and hanging. Have called 4 vets no one has any openings available, waiting on emergency clinic to call back. My vet would not prescribe any antibiotics even after seeing the pictures but I’m worried she will get an infection. Do you think they can stitch her gums after a few days or is it too late.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Lily and checking the gums thoroughly I cannot give you any indication, your Veterinarian is also right to not prescribe anything since legally we cannot prescribe any prescription medication without examining an animal or having a pre-existing relationship with a recent examination (depending on jurisdiction). You should try to get Lily seen by the emergency clinic to determine severity and best course of treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Max
miniature poodle
5 Months
Moderate condition
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Has Symptoms

bad breath

Two days ago Max had bad breath as if he had eaten rotten meat. I bathed him to see if the bad smell improved, but it did not improve. I started giving him some new food last week, so I thought it was the new dog food that made his stomach sick. Today I made him a chicken broth with rice. He ate fine. Then I decide to check his mouth and I saw that he had wool in his gums and where he had it was inflamed and stinks rotten. What can I use to clean his gum until I wait for the vet appt?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Max’s mouth I cannot say what the specific cause is and I don’t want to suggest any particular cleaning method since any abscess or other problem may open or rupture and I don’t want that to happen while you’re at home with him. Ensure that Max is getting soft food and water in the meantime and visit your Veterinarian as soon as possible. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Seircha
Chow Chow/german shepherd
12 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

foul breath
licking lips
Swelling
Licking

Last night, my dog was in a minor scuffle with another dog at the dog park. I checked her out and there was no bleeding and she didn't seem to be in any pain, but this morning the area was very swollen and she wouldn't let me touch her mouth or the surrounding area. She has foul breath and is almost constantly licking her lips. When she tries to yawn, she can't open her mouth all the way. She seems to be eating and drinking fine, but I'm still worried. I don't have the funds to take her to the vet right now, but I still want to make sure she's ok.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is difficult to say what the cause for the symptoms are without examining Seircha, it may be that she has some soft tissue trauma around the mouth but I cannot say for certain; sometimes when there are injuries inside the mouth there is a decrease in appetite due to pain, but some dogs will still eat regardless. You should think about visiting a Veterinarian regardless of cost to be on the safe side as I cannot give you any assurances without an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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lucy
Doberman Greyhound
9 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

My dog has two holes in his mouth near the teeths...and blood comes near the teeth...a thick layer of saliva oftens comes from the mouth...foul smell..she takes food..but she has trouble in taking food..

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It sounds like Lucy may have an infection in her mouth from a previous injury to the gums or from an abscess or something else which formed; in this case you should have your Veterinarian examine her and prescribe antibiotics along with any other treatment required (tooth extraction may be necessary). Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Cody
Cocker Spaniel
12
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Hi My 12 Year old Cocker was Xrayed last week and he has swollen tonsils, the left one appears to have something pushing it out a little... lymph nodes are slightly englarged, not other signs anywhere else on his body - any possibility this could be an infection and not cancer? we are awaiting results of tests... its killing us. Hoping for the best but fearing the worst ....
He was in the Vet one month ago with suspected kennel cough, slight cough on and off. No blood in siliva, no stinking breath, eating ok and drinking ok, but off form due to swollen tonsils

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Whilst infection is a possible cause, we cannot be sure until test results come back and I do not want to give you any false hope during this stressful time. You are looking for some assurances to hold on to for hope, but this can be more damaging to you emotionally if you hold on too much to hope. The test results won't take long to come back and will give you a definitive answer to your concerns. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank you for your reply I really appreciate it - first results back tomorrow .. second later this week - I really am hopefully of a positive outcome x
If not we will tackle what we can
Thanks

Hi there, just wanted to update you.. Codys left tonsilBiopsy came back clear today !! He has a massive infection due to a foreign object causing the infection etc. So that's brilliant news! But we need to wait on the results of the 'lump' before we can be 100% sure he's ok (back Thursday) just thought I'd update you. Fingers crossed the lump is just part of the infection and nothing more sinister!

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Bailey
Golden Retriever
7 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Non stop bleeding on gums

Bailey had an encounter with another dog, being playful. When we got home my husband and I saw her jaw and outside of mouth was full of blood. I cleaned with luke warm water and applied rooibos tea bag on what seems to be a cut on her gums just beside her teeth. Its been 3hours and bleeding has not stopped. What can I do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Bailey hasn’t stopped bleeding after three hours it is either due to the wound being too large or due to a clotting disorder; either way you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination to determine a course of treatment. Rooibos tea may be used for various things but stopping bleeding is not one which I am aware of; yunnan baiyao is a natural hemostatic medicine which is commonly used by Practitioners of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine. But, I highly recommend visiting your Veterinarian or an Emergency Veterinarian to stop the bleeding. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Nala
German Sheprador
4 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Gum swelling
Gum Inflamation
Bleeding

I found a small cut in my dogs gum and it has been bleeding. I have been washing it to avoid infection and giving meds prescribe by my vet. She has eaten well and rarely cries. Should I worry about the bleeding?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It isn’t unusual for cuts on the gums to bleed excessively due to the moist environment of the mouth and the mechanical action of eating; as long as you are seeing day to day improvement in the gum I wouldn’t be too concerned and continue to keep the cut clean after eating etc… Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Kobe
Morkie
9 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Injured gums

I'm dog sitting for my cousin, and yesterday their dog got in a fight with mine. He bit my dog on the lower jaw and his tooth found its way into my dog's gums right behind his front teeth. There was a lot of blood but it's no longer bleeding today and there's a small 1-2mm gash behind his tooth now with a skin (gum) flap. Because the gums behind his tooth is gashed, his tooth is wobbly and loose now. Is it going to fall out, or can his gums heal over it? Do I need to bring him to the vet? The wound is clean and doesn't look infected or swollen/inflamed.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I think it would be a good idea to have Kobe seen by a veterinarian to assess the damage, especially if that tooth is loose. Dog bite wounds can become infected and cause significant damage, and Kobe may need medical attention.

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Zipper
Terrier mix
10 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Drooling

My dog is a terrier mix around 8 years old.
He's never had an issue with his teeth but recently.
He started drooling more and wasn't eating as much.
I started feeding him soft food and he improved .
The drooling started to slack off and he was eating good.
But today he's started refusing to eat much ,he'll drink but he doesn't seem interested in food.
Not even really watered down food.
He doesn't want anyone to ever mess with his mouth so I can't get a good look.
But he seems to have a spot on the side of his muzzle that's sensitive.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is possible that Zipper has a growth in his mouth causing pain whilst eating or some dental issues; without getting a look at it we cannot know for sure what it may be (look out for a similar lump on the other side). You should visit your Veterinarian today (Saturday) for an examination to determine the cause so that any treatment can be directed. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Luke
Yorkshire Terrier
1 Year
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Sleepy

Cut side of my dogs tounge with scissors trying to groom him. He was bleeding but not very heavy. Not sure what to do since I do not want it getting infected. Tries to play but can tell he is in pain

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If the wound has stopped bleeding, you should be fine to monitor it for any signs of infection. The mouth is quite resistant to actual infection, and tongue wounds tend to heal quickly. Luke may need to eat soft food for a few days, and you can keep an eye on the wound for discharge, infection, or bad smells. If he is not eating or the bleeding is not stopping, then he should be seen by a veterinarian.

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Samson
Chihuahua
9 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Squeal when barking

My dog chewed off the plastic cap of chicken stock on Thanksgiving a few days ago. He was fine until the next day when I saw him cough out a little piece. Ever since he gives out a high pitched squeal/yelp in the midst of his barks. I noticed he doesn’t bark as much as he did before and if he does he more or less just growls. I suspect that the plastic may have scratched his throat. Since the trip to the vet/er can be costly, I’ve been hoping he’ll get better over time. He still eats, plays, and drinks perfectly fine. He’s not lethargic in any way, no hardness of the belly, no temperature, stools are normal — so I’m not suspecting any bleeding. How long can I wait to see if it resolves on its own before taking him? And are there any other concerns/symptoms I should be cautious or monitor for?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You could give Samson a few more days if he is showing no other symptoms or signs of pain, but if the yelping keeps occurring when he is trying to bark then a visit to your Veterinarian would be required if there is no improvement by Friday. Obviously if Samson starts showing other symptoms or more signs of pain in the meantime take him in faster. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bear
Sharpei
6 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Splinter in tongue

My dog had a sand spur stuck on his paw and bit it to get it off. In doing so, a thorn broke off and is now stuck in his tongue. I can feel it, but can’t see it, and of course can’t get him to keep his mouth open long enough to try to get it out. Does he need to go to the emergency room or will it likely work it’s way out? He has eaten since then, and doesn’t seem to be too bothered by it.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You should take Bear to a Veterinarian since foreign material like this may cause a nasty infection if left and not treated promptly; the Veterinarian will remove it and will determine whether or not if antibiotic therapy is indicated. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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