Burns in pet mouths are certainly not entirely out of the ordinary. Pets presented with oral burns can be challenging problems to manage as the injuries can cause significant pain and tissue destruction.
If your pet experiences an oral burn it’s vital to have your pet evaluated as soon as possible by a veterinary dental specialist. A veterinary dental specialist will not only be able to treat the visible injury from the burn, but also do a thorough assessment of any damage that may not be initially visible due to the burn injury. It is important that your pet receives veterinary dental radiographs to determine the extent of the damage.
Recently, Dr. Dale Kressin of Animal Dentistry and Oral Surgery Specialists in Wisconsin, treated a dog who’d experienced an oral burn after a burn that occurred from chewing an electrical cord.
Dr. Kressin’s initial priority was to do an oral examination and treat the initial source of the burn with copious irrigation of the injured area. A few days after initial treatment, the degree of injury was reassessed so that the full extent of injury could be evaluated and a treatment plan implemented. A tooth extraction was necessary because the burn destroyed the gingiva and the alveolar bone that supports the tooth. Surgical treatment is often the case with burns as there can be damaged, irreversibly damaged or dead tissue or bone that needs addressed.
Photos below show initial burn injury, damage caused and post treatment photographs and radiographs.