Every year we will be presented with a variety of different
objects that have become stuck in our patients mouths.
Dogs in particular will tend to explore new objects in
the hope of discovering a tasty morsel. Lamb and chicken
bones are the usual candidates often becoming lodged across
the upper jaw jammed between the teeth.
Owners become quickly alerted to the problem as the patient
desperately tries to dislodge the offending article. Pawing
at the mouth and frantic licking are generally indicative
of this type of problem.
Unfortunately most patients do not understand that when
examining their mouth you may be trying to help. Many owners
are inadvertently bitten by their own pets when trying to
Once this type of diagnosis has been made most patients
are then admitted for sedation.
A modern combination of tranquilizers and potent analgesics
administered intravenously takes effect within seconds.
A similar cocktail of drugs is used for darting wild and