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3/22/2017 at 5:49:12 PM GMT
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ASCO Gum Disease (comments from AAZV-L
From: "Dr. Douglas Winter" <dwinter@animaldental.com>
Subject: Re: [AAZV-L] ASCO gum disease
Date: March 21, 2017 at 8:21:29 PM EDT
To: "Janis Joslin" <jjoslin@westernu.edu>

Local antibiotics (perioceutics) are best suited for use in periodontal pockets between 3 mm (or maximum normal depth for the species) and 5 mm. Pockets greater than 5 mm are too deep to effectively clean with closed root planing alone and therefore require periodontal surgery. Dental radiographs are needed to truly determine attachment loss and degree of PD. Depending on the dental radiographs and clinical assessment there are a variety of periodontal surgeries that can be done to eliminate the pocket and restore the gingival attachment (biological width). These advanced procedure can be very successful if done correctly. Unfortunately, while healing over the next 4 -6 weeks many of them fail due to the offending behavior (chewing/excessive grooming, etc.) or most often the lack of timely followup to assess healing and/or further manage the problem areas. Doug 


Regards,

Douglas K. Winter, DVM, Dipl. AVDC
Midwest Animal Dentistry & Oral Surgery
Wichita, KS
(316)648-7377

On 21 Mar 2017, at 18:00, Janis Joslin wrote:

The antibiotic emulsion is a tetracycline gel. I think MWI has it. It works great!

 

Janis Joslin, DVM
Janis Ott Joslin, DVM
Professor,  Zoo and Wildlife Medicine
College of Veterinary Medicine
Western University of Health Sciences
309 E. Second Street
Pomona, CA 91766-1854

 

 

 

From: aazv-l@googlegroups.com [mailto:aazv-l@googlegroups.comOn Behalf Of Ric Berlinski
Sent: Tuesday, March 21, 2017 2:15 PM
To: Rebecca Wells <rebeccawellsdvm@gmail.com>; aazv-l@googlegroups.com
Subject: RE: [AAZV-L] ASCO gum disease

 

If you can immob her again, and really flush out all the hair, down to the sockets, there are some of the antibiotic infused emulsions you can use to fill the space between the gum and the tooth.  They dissolve over about 6-8 weeks, and it allows the gingival tissue to bond back tightly around the tooth.  I think part of the issue you may be fighting is that you have the pocket around the tooth even after you clean it out, and she is filling it up again faster that it can seal itself off.  Just a thought.

 

Ric Berlinski, DVM
Senior Staff Veterinarian
Director, Animal Health and Nutrition
The Toledo Zoo and Aquarium

 

From: aazv-l@googlegroups.com [mailto:aazv-l@googlegroups.comOn Behalf Of Rebecca Wells
Sent: Tuesday, March 21, 2017 4:40 PM
To: aazv-l@googlegroups.com
Subject: [AAZV-L] ASCO gum disease

 

Hello all-

I have a female, asian small clawed otter that has a constant problem with hair wedged in her gumline by her upper incisors and canines. The gumline is receding and now it seems like perhaps there are little areas of hair loss on the external skin between her lip and nose that may be secondary to inflammation caused by it.  It appears that she grooms her sister quite a bit. They are about 5 years old now.  The other otter does not have this problem. When anesthetized for their annual exam, we perform a dental cleaning and have a very difficult time getting all of it out. Even if we cut the gumline.  It's up into the sockets.  Has anyone experienced this and had some success in reducing this grooming behavior or any tricks for getting the wedged hair out?  Trainers have been proactive with trying a  toothbrush and tweezers daily to  see if there are any fresh tufts that they are able to remove easily.  I was thinking of trying to train a water pick or something but not sure how that will go over or help.  They are not currently on any birth control and are the only individuals in the exhibit.

As always thanks for your helpful input
Rebecca

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Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park
1010 Miracle Strip Parkway SE
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548
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