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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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My dog lost a,canine tooth and,has a large whole in the side

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My dog lost a,canine tooth and,has a large whole in the side of her gum, what can i do at home to keep it from getting infected while i wait for her appt. On the 16th of Oct

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Customer: replied 27 days ago.
Ok Dr. Thank you

Susan, you can flush the socket with an over the counter chlorhexidine-containing oral rinse which you can find where dog supplies are sold (please see here: In most cases, such a tooth was lost because the root was infected, abscessed, and caused bone loss. You can also treat with a systemic antibiotic at this time. Please let me know if you have a canine or human antibiotic at home for which I might be able to give you a dose for Starlit.

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Hi Susan Clawson,

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

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