April 9, 2014
Rutger, My Friesian, Had A Dental Checkup
You may recall a blog I posted last month about Rutger, one of my Friesian horses and how he needed a tooth extraction. That procedure went very smoothly and Rutger has been recuperating nicely. Betsy first noticed something was wrong when Rutger developed a bad-smelling nasal discharge, indicating sinusitis. When the sinus becomes infected, it usually means a tooth problem. For some reason, Friesians are prone to dental issues and Rutger is being monitored closely. Last week, Dr. Elizabeth Kilgallon, my large animal veterinarian, paid a visit to my stable and was pleased with Rutger's progress.
1 Last Friday, my horse veterinarian, Dr. Elizabeth Kilgallon, met my stable manager, Betsy Perreten, at the stable to check up on Rutger's progress after having one of his molars extracted.
2 Elizabeth joked to Betsy that she brought her specialized tool with her, a screw driver, which she would use to pry out Rutger's dental plug, if need be.
3 As they walked through the stable, Elizabeth inquired about each of the animals.
4 Elizabeth set up her work station.
5 In addition to the screw driver, her tools included a speculum, a syringe, gauze pads, and a head lamp.
6 Rutger greeted her warmly.
7 The checkup began by sniffing the side of Rutger's mouth where the tooth was extracted. There was no foul odor, which was good news. Odor is an indication of infection.
8 Elizabeth started the messy and wet job of flushing Rutger's mouth out with the syringe filled with warm water.
9 Betsy stood by with a bucket of water for refills.
10 She flushed several times.
11 Elizabeth commented that there are people who shower before work.
12 And there are those, like herself, who need to shower after work.
13 The speculum was fitted into Rutger's mouth.
14 Elizabeth coaxed the mouth open.
15 Standing in a modified yoga warrior pose, she peered inside using the headlamp. The mouth looked pretty clean.
16 Elizabeth then reached inside to check the extraction area.
17 She felt for the dental plug, which was still there.
18 With a little bit of wiggling, the plug was removed. No need to pry with the screwdriver! The plug was set in place after the extraction to guard against infection.
19 The gum tissue where the plug was removed looked good. The gap will become smaller as the teeth move closer together over time.
20 Elizabeth used the gauze to further clean the area of any debris.
21 A smiling doctor at the end of an exam is good news. Rutger will finish his anti-biotic course and we will all hope that this is his last tooth problem.