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My maltese has inflamed gums and small canker sore. What can

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My maltese has inflamed gums and small canker sore. What can I do for him.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. Your Maltese will need his vet to thoroughly examine your dog's oral cavity to see why gingivitis, periodontitis, or stomatitis exists. Dogs don't suffer from canker sores and so that sore is likely to represent a fistula (draining tract) from a tooth root abscess, severe soft tissue infection, or an ulcer secondary to a systemic disease process such as renal failure. You're limited by what you can do at home. Chlorhexidine oral rinses available over the counter in pet stores are reasonable antimicrobial products but are most useful once the teeth have been thoroughly cleaned and teeth needing to be extracted are done so. Systemic antibiotics might be indicated in severe cases.

It's important that an oral exam includes full mouth X-rays. If your dog's vet isn't equipped to take dental X-rays, it would be best to find a vet who does have that capability. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish. Please contact***@******.*** to close your second post so you won't be charged twice.