Jack Russell Rocky's unusual tooth ache

Rocky is a 6 year old Jack Russell Terrier who was referred from his usual vet to see Dr. Wayne Fitzgerald as he had an oro-nasal fistula. An oro-nasal fistula is an abnormal opening or tube connecting the nasal cavity and the mouth cavity.

This opening was most likely caused by an infection around Rocky's canine tooth. When Rocky was examined by Dr Wayne it was evident that he required a general anaesthetic so that he could properly examine the fistula and take specialised dental radiographs to determine if his canine tooth needed to be extracted.

Rocky was admitted to the hospital ward for the procedure to be performed. Rocky was placed on an intravenous fluid drip prior to receiving the anaesthetic. Intravenous fluids help maintain normal blood pressure throughout the anaesthetic and allows for rapid administration of drugs should an emergency situation occur.

Once Rocky was anaesthetised Dr Wayne was able to closely examine the fistula. A dental radiograph was taken of his canine tooth. Dental radiographs can demonstrate if the tooth is healthy or if it is diseased. The radiographs indicated that Rocky's canine was diseased and therefore Dr Wayne had to extract it. Once his tooth was removed Dr Wayne carefully cleaned the fistula and placed some sutures to assist it in healing. Rocky recovered very well from his anaesthetic and was very happy to see his owner again.

Unfortunately part of the fistula reformed about 2 months after the initial surgery so Rocky was back in to see Dr Wayne. He was given another anaesthetic and Dr Wayne restitched his gingiva (gum) back.

Rocky was once again a very brave and lovely patient but he was very happy to have his ordeal over and done with. So far his gum is healing well and he is keeping out of trouble at home.