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Published on: July 23, 2013
Gingivitis in Dogs
What is gingivitis in dogs?
is known as a dental disease that is often caused when bacteria is accumulated between a dogs teeth and gums, this may often result in irritation, swelling and even
. In dogs gingivitis often is seen as a rough dental calculus that building up abnormally around the dog’s gum line. Often, this disease may cause small pockets that attract
What are some gingivitis symptoms?
In the case a dog has just developed gingivitis, there may not be many signs of this disease, and however there may be some sort of swelling on the gums. As gingivitis becomes worse, the symptoms may also become worse. Some symptoms of gingivitis in dogs may often include but are not limited to:
• The dog having bad breath
• Swollen gum or even
• Gums that bleed
• Ulcerated gums
• Trouble chewing
• Excessive saliva
When a dog is diag
d with gingivitis it is recommended that the dog be seen by a vet for proper treatment. Many questions may begin to arise in a case of gingivitis such as the symptoms, causes, treatments, signs, and surgery. For more information pertaining to gingivitis in dogs, read below where Experts have answered many commonly asked questions.
What can be done to help treat gingivitis when antibiotics did not help?
However, in some situations, there may be many different solutions that may help a dog with gingivitis. Since gingivitis is caused from plaque and bacteria that lives below the dog’s gum lime, often vets are more prone to help treat this as well as prevent it. Some recommendation may be to give the dog Hill’s Prescription
T/D in order to clean the dog’s teeth. Also, if the dog will allow this, the individual may need to keep in mind how important it is to practice good dental hygiene by brushing the dog’s teeth daily. Individuals may often use Logic Oral Hygiene Gel in order to brush the dog’s teeth.
Is there an over the counter medication that can help with gingivitis in dogs?
In some cases, individual may often purchase an over the counter anti-inflammatory pain medication such as Aspirin. This medication can be given to the dog of ½ tablets once a day. In the case, the individual can be seen by a vet, a vet may prescribe an antibiotic that may also help with dental care.
What is an effective treatment for gingivitis is dogs when surgery is not an option?
It is known in order to help treat gingivitis it is best to clean the dog’s teeth, and remove any form on infected teeth, and place the dog on a good antibiotic therapy. However, if these solutions are not available, an individual may just use an antibiotic in the case the gums become swollen as well as giving a dog dental chews.
Gingivitis is a common
that is often seen in many dogs that do not have good dental care. However, individuals may need to keep in mind how important it is to keep up on dental care, because once a dog begins to develop gingivitis it may be hard to treat, as well as may cause many other problems for the dog. For more information regarding the causes and treatments for gingivitis is dogs, individuals may contact an Expert.
Recent Gingivitis Questions
My 13 year old doxie is taking rapid short breathes most of
My 13 year old doxie is taking rapid short breathes most of the time?
We had our cockapoos teeth cleaned yesterday due to tarter
We had our cockapoo's teeth cleaned yesterday due to tarter buildup and gingivitis and bleeding from the mouth.. After the procedure, the vet put her on Ranitidine liquid and Clavamox and now she is so lethargic (?) and her eyes have become inflamed along with the third eyelid problem. We could hardly see the rounds (eyeballs) of her eyes...there were just slits where the eyeball is. We could tell there was something really wrong. Back to vet, he gave us an ointent to put in her eyes (FERA...neomycin and polymyxin B sulfates and dexamethasone ophthalmic) and said it should improve by today. We can see the rounds of her eyes more, but she seems to not be able to see... like she's blind. She just lays down where she's put, doesn't attempt to move. She's 13 yrs old, and has been active up until this. Is it possible for her eyes to clear up from this, or can they go blind from an inflammation and from that third eyelid problem? I guess we're just wanting a second opinion. Can you help?
Elevated eosinophil percent
Patient is 10.5 yr female spayed indoor Siamese. Peak weight was 9.88 lb in 2011 dropping to 9.25 lb 4/13 and stable. Mild gingivitis. No allergy symptoms except,possibly, occasional mild edema on ear flaps- self resolving. Although getting finicky, appetite seems good for foods she likes. Although absolute eosinophils are normal, percent eosinophils is elevated. Absolute lymphocytes are decreased. No abnormalities detected by vet on palpation. Any advice on possible cause or if further testing required. Lab results follow.
11/27/2013 @ 7:47 am (Last Updated)
Panel/Profile: Geriatric Profile
RBC 9.04 6 - 10 M/μL
Hematocrit 43.1 29 - 45 %
Hemoglobin 14.3 9.5 - 15 g/dL
MCV 48 41 - 58 fL
MCH 15.8 11.0 - 17.5 pg
MCHC 33.2 29 - 36 g/dL
% Reticulocyte 0.2 %
Reticulocyte 18 3 - 50 K/μL
WBC 5 4.2 - 15.6 K/μL
% Neutrophil 64.0 35 - 75 %
% Lymphocyte 10.0 20 - 55 % L
% Monocyte 2.0 1 - 4 %
% Eosinophil 23.0 2 - 12 % H
% Basophil 1.0 0 - 1 %
Neutrophil 3.2 2.5 - 12.5 K/μL
Lymphocyte 0.5 1.5 - 7 K/μL L
Monocyte 0.1 0 - 0.85 K/μL
Eosinophil 1.15 0 - 1.5 K/μL
Basophil 0.05 0 - 0.1 K/μL
Platelet 330 170 - 600 K/μL
Remarks SLIDE REVIEWED MICROSCOPICALLY.
Glucose 104 70 - 150 mg/dL
BUN 32 15 - 34 mg/dL
Creatinine 1.4 0.8 - 2.3 mg/dL
BUN / Creatinine Ratio 22.9
Phosphorus 3.2 3.0 - 7.0 mg/dL
Calcium 9.4 8.2 - 11.8 mg/dL
Sodium 148 147 - 156 mmol/L
Potassium 4.1 3.9 - 5.3 mmol/L
Na / K Ratio 36
Chloride 117 111 - 125 mmol/L
TCO2 (Bicarbonate) 17 13 - 25 mmol/L
Anion Gap 18 13 - 27 mmol/L
Total Protein 7.9 5.9 - 8.5 g/dL
Albumin 3.4 2.3 - 3.9 g/dL
Globulin 4.5 3.0 - 5.6 g/dL
Alb / Glob Ratio 0.8 0.4 - 0.8
ALT 74 28 - 100 U/L
AST 45 5 - 55 U/L
ALP 20 0 - 62 U/L
GGT 3 0 - 6 U/L
Bilirubin - Total 0.1 0.0 - 0.4 mg/dL
Bilirubin -Unconjugated 0.0 0 - 0.3 mg/dL
Bilirubin -Conjugated 0.1 0.0 - 0.2 mg/dL
Cholesterol 160 82 - 218 mg/dL
Amylase 702 520 - 2,060 U/L
Lipase 96 10 - 195 U/L
Creatine Kinase 264 64 - 440 U/L
Hemolysis Index +++ a
Lipemia Index N b
a Index of +++ may decrease ALP by 25-50%, and increase AST by 25-50%.
b Index of N,+,++ exhibits no significant effect on chemistry values.
Collection CYSTOCENTESIS CYSTOCENT...
Color YELLOW YELLOW
Clarity HAZY HAZY
Specific Gravity 1.059 1.056
pH 7.0 7.0
Protein NEGATIVE NEGATIVE
Glucose NEGATIVE NEGATIVE
Ketones NEGATIVE NEGATIVE
Blood / NEGATIVE
Bilirubin NEGATIVE NEGATIVE
Urobilinogen NORMAL NORMAL
White Blood Cells 0-2 0 - 5 HPF 0-2
Red Blood Cells 6-10 0 - 5 HPF
Bacteria NONE SEEN HPF NONE SEEN
Epithelial Cells RARE (0-1) HPF RARE (0-1)
Mucus NONE SEEN NONE SEEN
Casts NONE SEEN HPF NONE SEEN
Crystals NONE SEEN HPF NONE SEEN
Other AMORPHOUS DEBRIS AMORPHOUS D…
Total T4 a 1.7 0.8 - 4.7 μg/dL
Free T4 (ng/dL) 1.2 0.7 - 2.6 ng/dL
Free T4 (pmol/L) b 15.4 9.0 - 33.5 pmol/L
2.3-4.7 Grey zone in old or symptomatic cats
>4.7 Consistent with hyperthyroidism
Cats with subnormal T4 values are almost exclusively euthyroid sick or
overtreated for their hyperthyroidism. Older cats with consistent
clinical signs and T4 values in the grey zone may have early
hyperthyroidism or a concurrent non-thyroidal illness. Hyperthyroidism
may be confirmed in these cats by adding on a free T4 or by performing
a T3 suppression test. Following treatment with methimazole, T4 values
will generally fall within the lower end of the reference range
(0.8 - 2.3).
In middle-aged to older cats with clinical signs of hyperthryoidism
and a total T4 in the "grey zone" or upper end of the reference
interval, an increased free T4 supports the diagnosis of
hyperthyroidism. A normal free T4 makes the diagnosis of
hyperthyroidism unlikely, but if a strong clinical suspicion remains,
repeat thyroid testing in 6 to 8 weeks or a technesium scan is
Please note: The reference interval has been updated based on results
of a clinical trial using a new free T4 test.
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