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Dental Disorders in Prairie Dogs

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Treatment

 

If your prairie dog is slobbering or drooling, your veterinarian will evaluate this problem carefully. The affected teeth may need to be clipped or filed to help your pet prairie dog's jaw close properly. If the problem continues, monthly dental visits with your veterinar­ian may be necessary.

 

Your veterinarian may also prescribe calcium and other vitamin and mineral supplements if your prairie dog has been found to have an improper dietary history. If teeth become fractured, your veterinarian will trim them to avoid further damage. In cases of odontoma, treatment can be difficult because it includes addressing the underlying causes as well as surgery to correct it.

 

Living and Management

 

Regularly administer the medications prescribed and the diet formulated to help remove the dietary imbalances. In addition, monitor your pet's teeth and schedule follow-up exams with your veterinarian so that any dental issues can be immediately assessed and resolved.

 

Prevention

 

Malocclusion or odontoma developing due to dietary reasons can be prevented by feeding your prairie dog a well-balanced nutritious diet as well as mineral and vitamin supplements.

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