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My dog got s collar stuck in s mouth, I took it out but s

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My dog got his collar stuck in his mouth, I took it out but his mouth is swollen and bleeding a bit. Should I take him to the vet?
Submitted: 8 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr Scott Nimmo replied 8 months ago.

Hello Kate,

This is just a quick note to let you know that I am locked on to your question and am working on it now.

My name is***** and I am a small animal vet with many years experience and rest assured I will do my best to answer your question to your satisfaction today. However before I can start I need a little more information to make things clearer for me so could you please answer the following :

1. Do you have any idea how long was the collar stuck in his mouth for?

2. And how long has it been off for?

You can then expect a written reply sometime within the next five to ten minutes or so. We also have the option to talk things over by telephone or via an internet service such as Skype if this is more convenient for you. Please get back to me if this is more suitable for you. { There is a small extra charge for phone calls }

Regards,

Dr Scott

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
We were gone for 6 hours but it looks like possibly a few hours stuck in his mouth. It's been off for a hour. He is eating his food normally and went for a walk/potty fine. His jowels are still puffy.
Expert:  Dr Scott Nimmo replied 8 months ago.

Hello again Kate,

Thanks for the photos, very useful, I have worked out an answer for you below ...

1. From the photos it does not look as if there has been any serious damage done, I have seen a number of cases like this in the past and if the mucous membranes on the mouth are a pink colour the chances are you have nothing to worry about, and given a few hours his mouth should return to normal, some slight swelling is to expected but this should go down over the course of the next six to eight hours or so. Apply a warm compress to any swollen areas every couple of hours, this should help the blood circulation return and help reduce any swelling faster.

2. Danger signs would any be any dark discolouration of the skin in the area or his mucous membranes as this could indicate necrosis through lack of blood supply. But if things do not slowly start to resolve or if you become further concerned then have him checked over by your local vet but this would be unlikely.

Also I should be available online for you the next four or five hours today so please do not hesitate to get straight back to me if Maxwell's condition changes in any way or you would like to talk things over with me further.

Regards,

Dr Scott

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Expert:  Dr Scott Nimmo replied 8 months ago.

Hello again Kate,

I am just checking back in to see how Maxwell is getting on after our recent dialogue concerning the collar incident ...

Please get back to me and let me know how things are going.

Regards,

Dr Scott

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Customer: replied 8 months ago.
Thank you for checking in. He is doing great! The swelling is basically gone. No more botox lips for him! Haha thank you for your help!
Expert:  Dr Scott Nimmo replied 8 months ago.

Hi Kate,

Thanks so much for the update, I thought Maxwell would be OK ...

Regards,

Dr Scott

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Expert:  Dr Scott Nimmo replied 8 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr Scott Nimmo replied 8 months ago.
Hi Kate,
I'm just following up on our conversation about Maxwell. How is everything going?
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