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Hello and thank you for your question. I am a Veterinary Nurse with over 15 years experience and I have assisted in the care of many pets with this particular medical concern. It would be my pleasure to assist you today. Is it possible for me to obtain some additional information from you about your companion?
1) How long ago was this bite sustained? 2) Do you have video to provide of what you're seeing at home? 3) Pictures of his jaw? 4) What pain meds are being given?
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How much does your companion weight?How much ibuprofen is being given?I ask, because ibuprofen can be toxic to dogs.
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From the information shared, this is roughly 50mg with each dosage. A single dosage at this amount is likely to cause GI ulcers and abdominal pain. The repeated dosages to follow increase the risk for kidney failure. Due to the symptoms that you're seeing, I'm very concerned that the ibuprofen has caused a severe toxicity that absolutely would need to be treated professionally. It also sounds like you're describing a ramus or symphyseal break in the jaw which, again, would need to be professionally tended in order to properly heal.It's not often that I recommend the choice of euthanasia to customers, but I think it would be a kind consideration for him because he has sustained such major injuries and complications following the injury. Often animal control in any given area offers this service for sick and injured animals at no charge to the owner.Please let me know if I can help further.