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HELP! Swollen gums (pic)

Simon has a large "raspberry" sized swelling over one tooth (upper canine). Here is a picture. i am waiting for my vet to call back to see if he should come in tonight or if it can wait. It looks terrible. he is eating and drinking and shows no sign of pain. it looks like abscess or (god forbid) a tumor. does this look like anything anyone has seen?

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yes, you're right

his teeth DO need cleaning. i have them scraped at the groomers but I dont think that does much good. I spoke to the vet a few minutes ago & it sounds like "gingival hyperplasia", which is actually a side effect of the cyclosporine that he is on. (strange) So, they said no need for an urget visit b/c he is eating and acting normal. I will bring him in next week to have it looked at and maybe there is an alternative med for the cyclosporine. I hate the thought of putting him under, I had another bulldog's teeth scraped and it was the best thing I ever did for his bad breath!! thanks happy.gif

Nelia Duarte - Zoom Bulldogs's picture

poor Simon.. looks painful

.. looks like infection to me but I'm no vet.. can you email these to your vet (or ask if you can when they call) for advice on urgency?

He might benefit from a complete tooth cleaning since it looks like there is some tartar/plaque on the canine and surrounding teeth.  It sucks cause you have to put them out for it but the risk of persistent infections could affect his whole system.  If it were me I'd do a complete clean and extract any bad teeth.

I'd also put a list together of any antibiotics (names, dosage and quantity) that you might have at home in case your vet feels it's appropriate to start him on antibiotics before bringing him in.  Not saying give him anything; just be prepared with the list.

Keep us posted.

Nelia Duarte

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