He has an abscessed tooth. Today. He yelps when he opens his mouth and refuses food. He is laying.around. he is refusing

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Customer: He has an abscessed tooth
JA: I'll do all I can to help. Can you tell me a little more about the dog's situation? How long has this been a concern?
Customer: Today. He yelps when he opens his mouth and refuses food
JA: A lack of appetite can seem worrying. Does the dog also seem more tired than usual?
Customer: Yes. He is laying.around. he is refusing his fav treats. He wants it he's interested in it but he yelps.when he tries to eat it
JA: Does the dog seem to be in any pain?
Customer: Yes
JA: And what's the dog's name and age?
Customer: Walnut is his name. Idk how old he is. Probably at least 10. He was a rescue
JA: Is there anything else the Vet should know before I connect you? Rest assured that they'll be able to help you.
Customer: Will he be able to prescribe an antibiotic
Answered by E.Childress,DVM in 38 mins 1 week ago
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Hello! I am Dr. Erica, a licensed veterinarian with JustAnswer, and I am here to help you! I have been a veterinarian treating dogs and cats for 15 years. JustAnswer is a forum for veterinary consultation and advice. Veterinarians in the United States are not legally permitted to make a diagnosis or write prescriptions online. However, I am here to help guide you and your pet toward a resolution to the best of my ability. Please allow me a few minutes to review your question. I may ask a few additional questions to gain understanding and better help you and your pet. I appreciate your patience.

It sounds like you are concerned about your dog Walnut who is having an issue with his mouth. I understand that you are concerned about an abscessed tooth, but there are other reasons a dog might have pain when opening the mouth. What breed of dog is Walnut?

He is a mutt maybe pug n Chihuahua? He's about 35lbs

Is he having any other symptoms to make you specifically concerned about a tooth, or just the pain when opening his mouth?

When I gave him his favorite treat he helped when he bit down. He spit out. He wants that treat but it hurts him to chew.
Here is a pic of him if it helps
Customer attachment 5/24/2023 7:46:49 PM

Ok - unfortunately, it is not going to be possible for me to tell you exactly why Walnut is experiencing oral pain. As I said, you are correct that a tooth infection is one cause of this type of symptom, but we can also see some issues with the muscles or bones of the jaw, problems with the tongue or roof of the mouth, and other medical problems that can cause similar symptoms. You will need to take Walnut in to see your family veterinarian for an exam, including a thorough examination of his mouth and face. If he is unable or unwilling to eat or drink, then I would consider it urgent and recommend you have him seen either by your family vet, or at an urgent care/emergency facility in the next 24-48 hours at most.

Ok . Thank you

You're welcome. Is there anything else I can do for you today? Any further questions for me?

No. That was all.

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