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 Post subject: Oliver went to the vet today to have his gums looked at
PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2016 12:58 pm 
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It's been a long time he has seen a vet no medical history. The vet could not believe the condition of his teeth very clean but he has developed large gums. We are going to have oral surgery to test what is going on. At the same time remove his body growths.

Cancerous and Non-Cancerous Growths in a Dog's Mouth

While the exact cause of an oral tumor is unknown, there are several potential risk factors, including secondhand smoke, and tooth and gum (periodontal) disease. In some cases, dogs that wear flea collars showed a higher incidence of oral mass development.

(None of these are a factor)



While an oral mass can be found in any breed, there are several breeds that are predisposed to developing the disease, including the:



Golden Retriever
German Short-haired Pointer
Weimaraner
St. Bernard
Cocker Spaniel



In addition, older dogs are affected more often than younger dogs; males are also more predisposed to developing oral masses than females.

Our first male

http://www.petmd.com/dog/conditions/mou ... ral_masses

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 Post subject: Re: Oliver went to the vet today to have his gums looked at
PostPosted: Fri May 13, 2016 9:59 am 
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Cushings, will have some of the mass removed Wednesday and tested.

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 Post subject: Re: Oliver went to the vet today to have his gums looked at
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Sorry to hear that. I wish all goes back to normal soon for Oliver.

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 Post subject: Re: Oliver went to the vet today to have his gums looked at
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2 upper upper right incisors were removed as the gums were very thickened and abnormal. The gum tissue was trimmed back to help decrease the periodontal disease. There were a few small growths that were removed. The most concerning one was send for biopsy.

What this really means that you need to brush the front teeth too. As the coconut oil had did it's job on his chewing teeth, but started brushing his front teeth to late. No problems on his chewing teeth or gums. Soft foods for two weeks.

12 body growths had been remove at the same time.

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 Post subject: Re: Oliver went to the vet today to have his gums looked at
PostPosted: Sat May 21, 2016 8:10 am 
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The gum growth came back clear! Ya, we never started brushing the front teeth until the damage was done. Now the vet said that the insides of rear molars had a little plaque build up. Not bad for over a ten year old dog that has never had a teeth cleaning. So it does work.

I still don't know what to do about his cushings.

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 Post subject: Re: Oliver went to the vet today to have his gums looked at
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Riley was diagnosed with Cushings last fall so I have learned alot thru a Cushings forum I joined. These folks are very very knowledgable, much as we are about IMHA. There is no holistic, natural alternative that will bring the cortisol levels down, many on that forum have tried unsuccessfully. To treat Cushings you have to use the meds, either Vetoryl or Lysodren. Luckily we caught Riley's Cushings early and he has done very well on Vetoryl. His hair and skin is perfect, appetite and water consumption is normal, you would never know he had Cushings. For a 7 yr old healthy dog it was a very easy decision to treat, some with older elderly dogs with multiple issues choose not to treat. It is a heavy duty drug with the potential of lots of side effects, luckily we have not had any problems, but others have had issues, mostly it seems from incompetent vets who don't know how much of the meds to start.

Unfortunately with some diseases as much as we would like to go the natural holistic route it doesn't work, and Cushings is one of those.

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 Post subject: Re: Oliver went to the vet today to have his gums looked at
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Do you remember how high the ALP was? I would have to look at the blood work if that's the one. Just hungry all the time and water drinking, plus the panting. No skin problems except the cyst. She said, eyes look good for a old cocker. His hair, my it grows so fast and no lost of it at all. Doesn't shed at all.

Thanks for the input.

One question on Riley, how old was he when neutered? My Oliver was 7 months.

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