Thursday, July 19, 2012

Chloe's Teefies and Her Nose Job

The dog will speak with a slur for a while, the vet says.

My poor poor baby girl.  She hates to have her collar removed, she feels naked.  She must be wondering where it is and why I am not there to collect her.

I just got a call from the vet, he had to do a more extensive surgery than he originally thought.  The tumor had begun to grow into the bone in her nose so they actually took a part of that bone out.  She essentially had a nose job.

The tumor is an ossifying epulis which is a tumor of the bone and the periodontal ligament.  Not cancerous but into the tooth socket of her canine tooth and the tooth directly behind it.  So he took two teeth out and that bit of nose bone.

He wanted to keep her there to keep her sedated with morphine, just like the movie stars after their own nose jobs.  And i was instructed to pick up all the hard  plastic toys so she cannot rip stitches out when she does come home tomorrow.

DiNozzo has been lost without her this day.  He wanders around the room looking on sofas and in all the beds.  He seems to be surviving his ingestion of the mango.  Stupid stupid dog.

Ossifying epulis definition and what to look for:  Ossifying Epulis includes fibruous tissue and also contains bone cells and these may transform into a cancerous tumors. Ossifying has a greater abundance of hard tissue, osteoid, bone and cementum than fibromatous epulide.  Epulis is the most common type of benign or non-cancerous tumor in dog\'s mouth. A benign tumor is one that does not spread to other parts of the body. However, an epulis can be \"locally invasive,\" which means that it can grow into the tissues surrounding its initial location. This tumor of the periodontal ligament, which is the structure that holds the dog\'s tooth in place. Epulides are the most common benign oral tumors in dogs; cats rarely have benign oral tumors. These tumors occur in dogs of any age, but they are generally found in middle-age dogs over six years old. 

An epulis is usually first noticed as a growth on the gum line of the dog\'s mouth. In rare cases, teeth may be moved from their normal position because of the growth of the epulis. Your pet is initially unaffected by the epulis. However, if the growth becomes large, it could bleed, cause problems with eating, or affect the teeth or jawbone. An epulis is treated by surgically removing it, including a broad margin around the growth. Sometimes, especially with larger tumors, teeth adjacent to the epulis have to be removed. In other cases, portions of the jawbone may need to be removed to cure the condition, for if a portion remains, it will often regrow. Radiation treatment is sometimes used in addition to or instead of surgery for treating large tumors. The prognosis is good if the entire epulis can be removed, so it\'s best to avoid delay of surgery that would allow the epulis to grow. After surgical removal, the prognosis can be very good depending on the type of epulis removed. 



  1. Hope both your babies are ok. Did DiNozzo eat the pit? Silly boy!! Can you tell me more about his name, that seems somewhat unusual to me! Chloe is zonked and not missing much of anything right now. Hope all goes well for her.


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