Monday, January 28, 2008

OMG I've Figured It Out

SUMMARY: It's Tika's tooth.

At least for this time around, I've figured out why Tika suddenly acts miserable and sore when playing tug-of-war and becomes subdued and won't play. Why bending her neck to the left hurts. Why she'll be curled over to lick/nibble certain parts of her body and suddenly yelp and look miserable for a couple of minutes.

It's not her neck. Not her back. I just happened to look down at her from the correct angle just now, and noticed her left cheek (opposite my hand in this photo). I tried to put my finger inside to pull the cheek out to look, and she shrieked. Just touching the outside makes her yelp. I can't tell so much from wrestling her mouth open and looking inside, but that section of her gums does look a bit inflamed. Still, it looks like it's actually the skin on her cheek that's swollen--like the lump is NOT in her gums; when I do manage to pull the side of her mouth out, the lump seems to come with it. I've never had a dog with tooth problems or abscesses before, though, so don't know what to expect.

I don't think that this explains why, 4 weeks ago, she couldn't jump into her crate without yelping. But it fits everything else. I've got an appointment with the vet for tomorrow morning. I feel an ominously large vet bill coming.


5 comments:

  1. Given Tika's age, just let them pull the tooth (if it is a dental abcess) and treat with antibiotics. The anesthesia will be the biggest cost. What a relief to know what is wrong.

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  2. She'll just be 7 in a couple of weeks, which I don't think of as old any more. Does age (in the range of, say, 2 to 7) really make a difference in how to treat it? I'm asking because I have no clue.

    -ellen

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  3. Wow...I'm so glad you found out what could be the root of the issue. I sure hope the vet is able to do something about it and quick! I agree with just pulling the tooth. I'm not sure that age really matters, but I'm also not sure that the tooth could be saved (if it is indeed an abcess).

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  4. I think Als' point is that you will probably be given the option of removing the tooth or a root canal. Root canals are more expensive and can aslo fail and she'd lose the tooth anyway (in another procedure).

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  5. Poor Tika-wika! Isn't it amazing the pain they put up with and we never suspect? I know she'll feel a lot better without that tooth. Give her a big furry hug from me.

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