Vet Diary - Not Hungry Jack?
Our staff and volunteers have strong bonds with the dogs we care for. These dogs arrive as strays with no history, so the powers of observation are vital when trying to target health problems with our dogs. Jack the beautiful collie x staffie was the picture of health and happiness while he stayed in the council dog pound, pound staff got to know him and his seemingly endless appetite!
Jack passed his health check with a gold star and happily moved over into the rehoming kennels ready for adoption.
Suddenly a change in Jack became apparent, volunteers began informing pound staff that Jack wasn't eating, he would attempt some soft meat and physically wince when dry food was put in front of him. Staff knew this didn't sound like the food loving Jack they knew and loved so quickly checked him over, upon looking at his teeth they noticed some blood, sore gums and a crack in one of his teeth.
He was taken straight to Sue, our resident veterinary surgeon, who confirmed a slab fracture to one of his molar teeth. A painful flap of tooth had broken off, held in place only by the gum, exposing the sensitive tissues and nerves below every time he tried to chew, making it extremely painful for Jack to eat.
Jack was booked in for a full dental in our on-site veterinary operating suite the very next morning, where Sue was able to remove the offending tooth (pictured below), and also scale and polish the remaining teeth. Jack is now feeling much better, and thanks to the swift actions of the team, he soon recovered from his unexpected visit to the dentist!