Well, I have learned something new. You may recall the previous article regarding doggie dental concerns.
Since this particular incident with the molar cracking and eventual extraction, Casey has had no further problems until recently. We noticed an unusual odor emitting from his mouth and his right eye had a bit of redness. After inspecting his teeth and mouth, we discovered the cause. A build up of tartar above the tooth right next to the extracted space. An infection was beginning to form in that area where the build up was occurring. What surprised me was the effect it had on his right eye. Now apparently, this can affect the eyes as well due to the close proximity of the two structures. If the root of the tooth is infected, the infection is released into the bloodstream that may also affect other areas. In this case, no pun intended, it was his eye. The treatment is simple, ten days of antibiotics taken orally and some intense teeth brushing with special solutions available at the Veterinarians office. We have already noticed an improvement in only a few days. The eye redness has lessened and the affected tooth area redness has also improved. If this present course of treatment fails to entirely resolve the infection, we must then consider having Casey's teeth cleaned again. We prefer to give this current treatment an opportunity to take effect before taking a more aggressive approach. We would like to avoid placing Casey under general anesthetic if it can be avoided considering his age.
Casey has always had is teeth brushed, perhaps not enough and does not object to it all. It seems that because Casey has learned to chew his food more on the opposite side of his mouth, not all of his teeth are receiving the benefit of the dry dog food when he chews hence the tartar build up. The value of the lesson I learned is, more frequent teeth brushings are required to prevent any future problems.
The moral of the story is "keep an eye on those teeth".