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11yr old blue heeler, loose tooth severely swollen top jaw

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11yr old blue heeler, loose tooth severely swollen top jaw near eye - golf ball size abscess. Eye pussy weeping. Tried clavulox & alphamox no improvement. Living 200km from vet. Have access to acepromazine sedative. I have sutured my dog before with kit from doctors surgery. What antibiotics should we be using & can we remove the tooth ourselves safely.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Ola Barrett replied 1 year ago.

Hello, I am Dr RB and I am a licensed veterinarian. Unfortunately, you cannot extract your dog's tooth yourself. Any form of tooth extraction requires gas anesthetic and not simply a sedative such as acepromazine. Furthermore, when an abscess is present, once the tooth has been surgically removed, the pus pocket will need to be medically flushed and closed with sterile suture. Also, a bacterial culture and sensitivity test can be completed to determine the proper antibiotic is prescribed. Without this, the infection can extend to the jaw bone and make prognosis more guarded. Unfortunately, a sterile and successful procedure can't be mimicked at home so please do not attempt it.

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Expert:  Ola Barrett replied 1 year ago.
I'm just following up on our conversation about Patches. How is everything going?
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Expert:  Ola Barrett replied 1 year ago.
Hello again:) I am just checking in to see how your Blue Heeler is doing and if have further questions? If not, please rate my response so I can be credited for helping assist you and your pet..thank you