This is Boo Boo, a 9-year-old Teacup Pomeranian. Recently, this tiny fluff ball's mouth became swollen and painful to the touch. His mom brought him into the vet where they learned that he had stage four periodontal disease, which means that Boo Boo here has a lot of dental problems.
It’s important to know that there are multiple stages of pet periodontal disease and without a proper veterinary dental exam, cleaning and other testing, there is no way to know if your pet’s oral health is at risk. Even though it may not seem like a big problem at first, periodontal infections can lead to more serious health problems, and can be quite painful for your pet. (You can see examples of periodontal disease here.) When a pet is in stage four periodontal disease (the worst stage), there is severe inflammation, abscesses/infections, gum recession, deep periodontal pockets (the tooth has separated from the gum), bone loss, tooth mobility and sometimes profuse bleeding. Unfortunately, extensive and irreversible damage has already occurred by this point. When periodontal disease has gone this far, bacteria can enter the bloodstream and cause injury to major organs such as the heart, liver and kidneys. This bacteria can also cause a pet’s jaw to break in places because the bones have been infected.
While at the vet, his mom learned that Boo Boo would need to have his teeth removed in order to start healing and feeling better. Unfortunately, Boo Boo also has a heart condition, so the vet said that it is very important that the infection in his mouth gets under control quickly.
His mom is recently divorced and going back to school, so she reached out for help from Fur Kids Foundation. We were able to help with Boo Boo's help get his infection under control; and as soon as it is all cleared up, he'll be able to get the dental work he needs.
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