The oral cavity is a common place to find masses. These masses or growths may be benign or malignant and should be evaluated as soon as they are noticed. Many times theses masses are not found until the pet is bleeding from the mouth, or the owner has noticed a strong smell from the mouth.
It is optimal to look in your pet’s mouth on a regular basis so that any abnormalities can be found early.
The most common cause of jaw fractures in dogs and cats is trauma. These fractures can occur from dog fights, advanced periodontal disease, falling from heights, and vehicular traumas (hit by car). Although some of these can be severe, we use small wires and acrylics to fix the fractures. This is safer for maintaining the vitality of the teeth compared to other methods of fixation.
Our main goal of fracture fixation is for pets to have a comfortable and functional occlusion (bite) during and after healing. This ensures proper eating and grooming habits and helps them resume regular activities once completely healed.