There is nothing like a trip to the zoo for the opportunity to see and learn about so many kinds of animals. But, at Animal Dental Care, our visits to the zoo provide important oral examinations and dental care that assures our zoo friends are happy, healthy and pain free. Recently Dr. Woodward headed out to the Pueblo Zoo where he visited an Asian Sun Bear, a Meerket and an Otter.
Honey bear, an Asian Sun Bear, had a chronic ulcerated area inside her lip. In order to determine the cause, Honey Bear was safely put under anesthesia so we could do a full exam and biopsy. Often, the source of an ulceration can be due to an infected tooth, which is something we can immediately treat. This was not the case this time, so the ulceration was biopsied and sent in to the lab.
The biopsy indicated Vasculitis, possibly secondary to some kind of systemic disease. However this is not cancer, which is excellent news.
Hazel is a Meerkat who had a fractured tooth that was creating a recurring abscess under his jaw. Once under anesthesia, radiographs were taken in order to see the full extent of damage left by the broken tooth and to guide the treatment process.
The radiographs show the retained root, which was causing the abscess.
We removed the retained root and now this little guy is happily back running around with his Meerkat family.
Odin the Otter is a cute little guy who has a chronic ulcerated palatal lesion. The lesion needed to be biopsied to determine the cause. After further examination, we found Odin had some areas of periodontal disease requiring extraction of some teeth. He also had a lower canine tooth that was fractured with exposure of the pulp chamber. The canine teeth are more vital, and when possible, we will treat them with root canal therapy which allows the animal to keep the tooth in tact. We are certain Odin is much happier now that he can swim and play without any pain from the fractured tooth.
Odin’s biopsy indicated the lesion was Eosinophilic Granuloma, easily treatable with medication.