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Carnassial Abcess - Surgery Next Week!

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I brought my 9-year-old Dachshund Susie to the vet today because she had a lump under her eye. I watched it because I thought it was a bug bite, and the swelling went down. I brought her to the vet because it swelled up again and turns out, it's a carnassial abcess.

The vet recommended that they remove the tooth. It's a big molar in back, so I was wondering if it would affect how she ate? I give her kibble (no wriggling squirrels or anything she'd actually need those teeth for) but would it be too weird for her to eat kibble without that tooth?

Also, it's a major dental surgery. She has to be put under. I'm waiting to hear back from the blood test first, and then I'm gonna bring her in. She's never been put under before. How do they react? Is she going to be excessively tired? (I've never had anesthesia either, so I really am clueless here)

I'm very nervous, as she has been completely healthy and has never needed any sort of surgery. Has anyone ever dealt with this before? Any information is greatly appreciated.
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Our foster greyhound just had a fourth premolar removed...I didn't want to wait for it to abcess. He never skipped a meal and is doing just fine. It is major dental surgery, so make sure your vet sends you home with the appropriate pain relief...we used an anti-inflammatory (rimadyl) and pain killer (tramadol) for a couple days after Matt's dental.

Your dog will be able to eat just fine. As for the anethesia...well, it's always a risk whenever they are put under but the presurgery bloodwork is the best thing you can do so your vet can assess major organ function pre-surgery.

With a tooth that's already abcessed, I'm surprised your vet hasn't started your dog on anti-biotics already. Even with Matt's tooth that wasn't abcessed, he was on antibiotics b/c we knew he'd have at least one -major- extraction (also two of his smaller front teeth were removed as well).
The only time we separate dogs after surgery is after a spay. The pain from a dental/extraction is pretty easily managed with drugs...

Of course we have greyhounds that are pretty laid back to begin with. When your dog comes home the vet, she may still be groggy or the pain meds may make her a little groggy so I would just make sure your other dog doesn't annoy her or jump on her.

Good to hear the antibiotics have started working :)
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