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#824678 - 08/20/09 01:06 PM Only have a few minutes...Commander RIker...
Xfilefan Offline
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Registered: 02/22/03
Posts: 8899
Loc: Jacksonville, FL
...has done it again. This is the first time I've heard of THIS particular issue...though dental issues are far from new to me. To those who know Riker...he's a mill bred glider (Flying Fur Ranch)...my first...who against all odds, severe HLP, Self Mutilation, 2 YEARS of recurrent facial/head/bone infections, and a non active thyroid that not only caused him to be the first Glider in the US (possibly anywhere) to undergo a T4 Thyroid panel based on his longstanding symptoms-blood test-results were 'below detectable levels'-and go on L-Thyroxine, thyroid hormone treatment (which is for life once started, but he's doing fantastic with it)...did something quite unexpected.

From one night's meds to the next he was missing his UPPER right front tooth. WHAT??? Well, Riker has cost over $8,000 just in vet bills...and despite everything is turning SEVEN this year grin..and I don't take chances with him. Even though it 'looked' like it fell out, he went to the vet-August 1. I learned my lessons with him LONG ago...and he paved the way for the rest of my babies....

Turns out that it DIDN'T fall out...it broke. So I'm thinking...did he bang it on something? Fall on his face? He's been using the wheel finally (enough I finally have to secure his stealth to the floor, lol)...did it have something to do with that? Is there some kind of gum disease starting and will I have to worry about other teeth?

NO

Apparently this tooth has been dying for a LONG time...last xray he had was over 2 years ago. Although the Thyroid meds fixed his chronic overgrooming on his head for a bit, it came back...vet and I thought it was due to the fact I couldn't spend every waking minute with him, and was very, very minor after we started his L-Thyroxine meds....

Since this tooth has come out...his overgrooming is GONE ENTIRELY!!! Despite the fact of my working 7 days a week right now!

Anyway...the reason it "looked" like there was only a socket where the tooth HAD been...is because the part not broken-the root (even though the outside looked beautiful that you could see) was black and necrotic! vet put him under with an injectable anesthetic (first time for that with him) and since he could still apparently feel it, injected his gums with lidocaine...now THAT made for interesting waking up with his mouth numb, lol....he chewed at the towel for over 45 minutes in the incubator until he finally started to calm down...my poor baby.

18 days of antibiotics and he seems to be feeling great and no more overgrooming at all!! Add to that the ONE joke I just have to make (any Trek the Next Generation watcher's will understand)...

I used to call him 'my little two toofers" every so often...because those upper teeth are SO cute...but now he's only got one....so I can only call him my Number One now....

Anyway...just wanted to get this out, since his overgrooming was apparently caused by a dying tooth, AND because just because you can't SEE it, doesn't mean a vet visit (and/or consult with a glider dental knowledgeable one, or really educated owner) isn't in order.

So now, Commander


Edited by Xfilefan (08/20/09 01:07 PM)
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#824682 - 08/20/09 01:17 PM Re: Only have a few minutes...Commander RIker... [Re: Xfilefan]
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Registered: 10/27/07
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Loc: Dayton, Ohio
Wow, Jen what a rocky road you two have been on and seem to continue to travel off and on. That is cute that you call him your Number One, I understand it!

I wish you both the best and continous recovery and positive trips up the road. Poor Riker has been through so much and deserves a rest from meds and such. He's blessed with such a great caring and loving suggie mom!


Edited by CharmedSuggies (08/20/09 01:18 PM)
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#824700 - 08/20/09 01:51 PM Re: Only have a few minutes...Commander RIker... [Re: CharmedSuggies]
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Silly me, I always thought Riker was #1 anyway! (spoiled little booger)

I am very happy that he is doing well and the over grooming issue has resolved. Amazing how they "tell" us something is wrong. Shame we don't always "hear" them.
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#824712 - 08/20/09 02:08 PM Re: Only have a few minutes...Commander RIker... [Re: Dancing]
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Riker sure is a lucky little fellow to have such a dedicated mommy!
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#824864 - 08/20/09 08:03 PM Re: Only have a few minutes...Commander RIker... [Re: Gizmogirl]
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Hugs to you and your #1 Jen.
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#824865 - 08/20/09 08:04 PM Re: Only have a few minutes...Commander RIker... [Re: glidrz5]
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JEN!!!! hug2 hug2 hug2 hug2 hug2 hug2
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#824870 - 08/20/09 08:20 PM Re: Only have a few minutes...Commander RIker... [Re: Xglider]
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wow.......................good to know! great to see ya around Jen!!
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#832787 - 09/03/09 11:53 PM Re: Only have a few minutes...Commander RIker... [Re: Cora]
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Registered: 07/22/04
Posts: 239
Loc: Orem, UT
WOW. Riker is amazing. As are you Jen.

What vet do you go to? If my gliders ever have something dental, I think I want to travel to yours.
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#832798 - 09/04/09 12:02 AM Re: Only have a few minutes...Commander RIker... [Re: kipluck]
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Do you ever tell him he has the bridge?

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#839064 - 09/16/09 01:48 PM Re: Only have a few minutes...Commander RIker... [Re: ]
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Registered: 02/22/03
Posts: 8899
Loc: Jacksonville, FL
Of COURSE he has the bridge, lol...he's my #1!!

roflmao

...and he wouldnt' have it any other way!

Believe me, Riker is my heart and soul.

he's still doing good-other front tooth seems to be fine, and 28 days on meds...I intend to take him back in soon for an Xray just to make good and sure his other front tooth is okay, but so far, no sign of reinfection or problem....as always, however, I watch him very, very close.
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#839065 - 09/16/09 01:50 PM Re: Only have a few minutes...Commander RIker... [Re: Xfilefan]
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Registered: 02/22/03
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Loc: Jacksonville, FL
My vet is Dr. Laurel Harris at Wasatch Exotics...and she just changed to a new location (her OWN office-not shared with a cat/dog vet!), and I'll have to get her addy updated in the vet database, though the old number for now should be able to direct you.
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#839069 - 09/16/09 01:54 PM Re: Only have a few minutes...Commander RIker... [Re: Xfilefan]
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Loc: Jacksonville, FL
LOL...just realized some of my first post didn't take, ROFL... roflmao

So NOW, Commander Riker....

You have the Bridge, Number One....
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#839155 - 09/16/09 04:56 PM Re: Only have a few minutes...Commander RIker... [Re: Xfilefan]
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Registered: 01/19/08
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Glad to hear that your little Commander Riker is doing well.

I have a Jadzia Dax, who I am force feeding right now. We don't seem to know what her problem is at the moment and she wasn't strong enough for blood work. I put her in with her little Commander Worf during the day and he cleans her up.

Glad to know there are more Star Trek fans out there, even if my guys are from DS9.

You go #1
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