Monday, January 9, 2012

Lassiter's Day at the Vet!

On Friday, Lassiter, our 12-year old male cougar, was taken to the vet because our lead keeper, Mak, noticed Lassiter's face was slightly swollen, he had some nasal discharge, and he didn't seem interested in food or treats. 

His blood tests came back normal last Wednesday afternoon, but we still needed to know why our cougar was feeling ill.  So on Friday, Lassiter was taken to the vet, where he was sedated, and his vet performed a thorough dental exam. 

See how his upper right tooth lowered itself
out of the socket making it look like his
right tooth is longer than the left. 

It didn't take long to figure out why our cougar was having trouble eating and enjoying life.  The culprit turned out to be a canine tooth that was actually  rotting at the root and protruding from his gum line.

Can you believe how long Lassiter's
right canine was?

Lassiter's vet performed dental surgery on Friday, removing the tooth that caused our cougar such pain.  The photograph on the right is Lassiter's tooth.  As you can see, the tooth definitely needed to be removed from his mouth.

Once Lassiter recovered from the sedation, he was moved back to his quarters. 

Lassiter recovering from his trip to the vet.

Where he is recuperating from his dental surgery.  As you can see, Lassiter was just thrilled with his trip to the vet.  We, on the other hand, are very happy that Lassister's vet was able to remove the tooth on Friday so our cougar can resume eating, pain free!

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  1. I hope he feels better, nothing worse than a bad tooth for sure

  2. So glad the vet figured things out!

  3. Bummer. Does that tooth perform any real function for him?