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PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse
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He seems to have a toothache, Jax he is 8 1/2, 6 lb

Customer Question

He seems to have a toothache
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: Jax he is 8 1/2
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Jax?
Customer: 6 lb chihuahua
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 1 year ago.

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) What are Jax's symptoms?
2) When was the last time his teeth were cleaned?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
They have never been cleaned. He was acting like he was in pain and when I tried to look in his mouth he jerked away and yelped. He's very clingy
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
He ate wet food for me
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 1 year ago.

If he's never had a teeth cleaning, you may very well be right that he does, indeed, have a tooth ache. Most chihuahuas need a dental cleaning and necessary extractions about every 2-3 years once they reach about 5 years of age. Sometimes they need it more often. If he's 8 and has never had a cleaning, I would schedule an exam for him with your vet to determine the cause of the issues.

In the meanwhile, keep feeding canned food and you can give him aspirin, in a pinch, if you feel like he's painful. The dosing calculator is here:

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Can I give hi liquid baby Tylenol or is aspirin better
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 1 year ago.

Tylenol is toxic to dogs. Aspirin is more ideal, so please use the calculator attached.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
can I give him chewable and crush it up? I don't see anything that says buffered
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 1 year ago.

As long is the milligram is correct, you can slip it into a piece of food without issue. Chances are you're going to wind up giving part of a baby aspirin because he's so small.

Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 1 year ago.

Checking in, JACustomer. How is your companion doing?

Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 12 months ago.

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?