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
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
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
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