Dog running round with a stick, stick end hits the ground and the other end is forced into the dog's mouth. In this case you can see the injury under the dog's tongue and this had a long tract through the base of the tongue where we removed wood splinters. Most wounds can't be seen without a general anaesthetic as they are at the back of mouth around the area of the tonsils or behind, in the pharnyx at the top of the gullet.

If a splinter remains here, it forms a "foreign body" reaction which results in a large neck swelling with weepy tracts coming out on the skin - and this happens 3 weeks later and is very difficult to deal with.

SO, if your dog is running with a stick and yelps - you may see slight bloody saliva and the dog appears dull soon afterwards due to the pain - always have these checked out. These dogs need  general anaesthesia and the throat fully investigated to remove any debris in wounds and have the wounds closed followed by anti-inflammatories and antibiotics. Always worth checking for peace of mind.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is young dog with clean healthy teeth, but if you look at the lower canine teeth, you will see that the tips are flattened. These are worn due to the dog always carrying and chewing sticks! Even worse if your dog picks up stones.

The orange tube with the blue connector is an endo-tracheal tube, which seals the wind-pipe and supplies gaseous anaesthetic and oxygen. The fine bandage is used to tie the tube in place around the dog's muzzle, so keeping it secure and out of the field of view.