Treating a Tooth Abscess in a Pet
Nothing can stop a pet owner’s heart like seeing their pet in pain. When the pain is preventing the pet from eating, drinking, or playing like normal, quick action is needed. A tooth abscess is a health issue that can quickly turn into a serious problem. If you live in or around Etobicoke, you can turn to our team at Richview Animal Hospital for immediate dental care for your pet.
The Signs of a Tooth Abscess
A tooth abscess can cause considerable pain for your pet. It may wince and will likely refuse to chew or bite on anything. Some pets with a tooth abscess will only eat soft foods, but some might even be wary of doing that.
You may also notice swelling around the abscess. This can be considerable and may sometimes extend out of the mouth. Upper jaw abscesses may produce swelling near the nose and eyes. Lower jaw abscesses can cause the chin or neck area to swell.
An abscess is usually filled with a fluid or pus and is often infected. If the fluid enters the bloodstream, it can produce sepsis in the animal. Unfortunately, this is sometimes a fatal condition. This is the reason why pet owners should treat possible abscesses as an urgent or emergency situation, depending on the severity of the abscess and the pet’s condition.
Treatments for a Tooth Abscess
Pet surgery to drain the abscess might be needed. Many pets will also need to receive antibiotics to fight a possible infection in the abscess. Our veterinarians may also prescribe pain relief medication for the pet because this is a very painful condition. In some cases, the affected tooth will have to be removed.
Once the abscess heals, you will need to ensure that your pet is getting the proper dental care it needs to prevent future issues. You can schedule regular teeth cleaning appointments with our team to help ensure that your pet’s teeth are as healthy as possible.
Pet Dental Care in Etobicoke, ON
Our veterinarians at Richview Animal Hospital are ready to help you keep your pet happy and healthy for years to come. We are here six days per week, with Sunday being our only day off. Our office has a walk-in option for situations that require urgent care. A tooth abscess falls into this category. Even if you are coming in as a walk-in patient, you should call us at 416-245-8805 so we can prepare to treat your pet when you arrive.