Sore Gums-I have an Irish water spaniel, five or six years old that has very painful sores on his gums, just over the eye teeth or tushes and the teeth themselves are not decayed but at the root close to the gum they look discolored. He has lost several small teeth between the tushes, but there is no sore there. He eats very little and is getting very thin. There is a discharge dropping from his mouth most of the time. The sores bleed at the least touch like “proud flesh”. Please give me some advice how to treat for I am afraid I shall lose the dog and I should be very sorry for that for he is a fine retriever.
The ulceration of gums makes it painful for dog to eat anything hard, hence must fall off in flesh and become puny. The gumboils should be lanced soon as getting gwell enlarged, no pressed, but just make an incision with sharp penknife upward from the root of the tooth. That will reduce swelling and relieve. Soft foods, such as milk, should be given till mouth is in better condition, but at same time large joint bones will be a good thing for him to gnaw at and assist in remedying ailment. It is a sort of rash and swabbing mouth with borax water (ten per cent. borax) will harden gums and heal up sores. Aside of this dog should have laxatives to keep bowels well opened up.
Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.
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