Travis, a 14 year old Border Collie, is one of our most precious patients! His parents always stay up to date on his 6 month exams and bloodwork needed due to the many health conditions that have came with his senior age. During his most recent exam, the Doctor noted significant dental calculus with some teeth discoloration along with gingivitis. At this point, Travis was diagnosed with stage 2 periodontal disease. Travis was then scheduled to come in for an oral surgery as soon as possible.
Fast-forward about 2 weeks, it was then time for Travis’s surgery! After admitting Travis, the technicians ran an ECG on Travis due to his age and health condition. The ECG records electrical activity of the heart and lets us know what the heart is doing with each beat. The ECG readings give a large amount of information about the structure of the heart along with its functionality and flags any heart conditions. If there is a heart murmur or any other heart conditions, we would need to use different medications than what we usually use for our day-to-day surgeries. It was then time to take some radiographs (as you can only see 40% of the teeth with the naked eye, 60% lies beneath the gum line).
After looking at the radiographs, the technicians along with the Doctor found out that he actually had very advanced periodontal disease. He was then diagnosed with stage 4 periodontal disease (the most advanced). Travis had several pocket formations along with infection that were addressed by the team during the oral surgery. Since several of the teeth were infected, we removed them to stop the spread of infection to vital organs. The surgery went very well and he was on his path to recovery!
Travis was having a tough time with recovery, however. The following day he would not eat or drink, so we advised that he be brought in. The owners were actually en route for a vacation. We went right into their RV and set up IV fluids along with medications to provide the VIP treatment for Travis! The fluids and medications did the trick and Travis is back to his normal self!
Travis’s owners had this to say about his oral surgery experience:
Travis receiving IV fluids in the RV accompanied by Meredith, one of our CVT’s
I appreciated the special care and attention given to Travis especially due to his age and hypoparathyroid and arthritis. When Travis was not eating or drinking afterwards, the follow up care provided was above and beyond. He was given fluids and anti-nausea medicine in our vehicle so he didn’t have to walk inside. Everyone’s expertise and care is extraordinary.
-The Reed Family
This shows Travis’s teeth prior to surgery. You can notice the calculus buildup on the back molars close to the gum line.
Here is another before picture of Travis’s teeth, on the heavily infected side. You can really notice the infected back molars pictured here. The teeth had became so infected that it had started to “eat away” the gum line.
This is Travis’s teeth after surgery on the side that had a lot of infection. As you can see, we extracted the top back molars due to advanced infection.