I was reviewing all cases and at 11.10 am, phoned the owner of this Chihuahua who had a non-healing facial wound, sneezing, losing appetite and lethargy before treatment at Toa Payoh Vets on Jun 30, 2014.
He was one of the oldest chihuahuas with this abscess and survived the anaesthetic. Once the left upper premolar 4 was extracted, and also the premolar 3 next to it, the dog went home.
"How long it took the hole to close?" I asked the lady owner who answered my phone on this bright sunny Sunday.
"It is closed now, but it took a few days," she replied. "More energetic, eating, no more sneezing, just as normal as a dog!"
Dr Daniel did the dental scaling and the extraction, a routine job. He delivered a live dog at the end of anaesthesia and so the owner is most happy. I advised isoflurane + O2 gas anaesthesia only and he did that. A very old dog is best not given injectable anaesthestic no matter how small the dose.
It will be best to have dental check up every year but many Singaporean owners don't bother to do so.
VIDEO -3 dogs had similar medical condition within a few days. One of them is shown in video below. After that, no more cases.