September 29, 2016

In Which Jethro Gets Surgery

So, last week I went out to feed Jethro and noticed something was wrong. His bottom lip was hanging down and the lower row of teeth were sticking straight out. He was not pleased about me trying to get a closer look, so I scheduled a vet appointment.

Jethro still had an appetite and carried his Jolly Ball with him everywhere, so I figured it must not have been too extreme. My assumption was that he was losing his baby teeth and new ones were coming in. The soonest the vet could see him was one week later.

Fast forward to yesterday. He goes to the vet, gets sedated, the vet tech opens his mouth, and I see the reality:

Not good.
Yikes. Definitely an injury, not new teeth replacing old ones. My best guess is that he grabbed onto something with his mouth and suddenly pulled back really fast. The gumline was sliced through, forcing his front teeth outwards. A lot of scar tissue developed in the week that we had to wait to go to the vet.


The cut is pretty deep, as you can see in the above picture. The front part of his mouth was torn open, pulling his teeth forward. He had to have three teeth extracted.


Jethro actually does not have any of his permanent teeth yet. The three extracted teeth were all baby teeth. I found it surprising how long the roots were.

The poor little man will be spending two nights at the vet's barn. Luckily, the vet thinks that it should heal quickly.

8 comments:

  1. Youch, poor kid! Should the adult teeth grow back in normally now?

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    1. I hope so! The vet is optimistic, though said it is difficult to know until they actually start to grow back in.

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  2. Oh no, poor baby! I'm glad they were just baby teeth.

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    1. Me too! Would not be fun to have three adult teeth missing at such a young age.

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  3. Holy wow, that's one gnarly accident Jethro! Poor baby, sending jingles for a quick recovery!!

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  4. I had a horse that did that! On a holiday weekend of course ($$$). The 2 lower left teeth apparently got caught on a piece of chain holding a door latch clip and he jerked back. The resulting injury looked very much like your pictures with the broken piece hanging down loose. It shattered the tooth sockets involved but he didn't lose any teeth.

    He promptly went to UC Davis vet school for surgery to clean it out and wire everything back together. He had "braces" for about 8 weeks. No grazing. No biting into a compressed hay flake, his hay had to be hand-fluffed into bite-sized pieces! The braces were checked weekly and tightened as needed.

    His mouth healed beautifully. There were definite scars on his gum line but the teeth were solid and perfectly straight. I hope your horse does as well!

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    1. Glad to hear your horse recovered fine! Gives me more hope for Jethro.

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