Brewster, a neutered male, 2 year and 7 month old dachshund was brought to us a day after getting adopted from Animal Services. Brewster presented to Dr. Tao as a healthy young dog. The only concerns at this time was a slight cough, which could have been from either an upper respiratory infection or irritation of the trachea tube placed during the neuter from 2 days previous. A small wound was noted in the chin area (below mid mandible) and the owner was recommended to keep an eye on it and if not healing we could try a course of antibiotics.
The wound on Brewster ™s chin was not healing and so he was given some antibiotics. Even with a round of antibiotics the wound had not healed. Brewster came in for an appointment with Dr. Markoff to reassess the wound. Dr. Markoff noted it looked similar to a foxtail tract. A slide of the wound discharge revealed no bacteria and mostly some round cells. The wound was probed with no foreign body found inside. We cleaned the area after taking a culture and then sent Brewster home on a different antibiotic. The culture revealed nothing that the antibiotics shouldn ™t take care of. The wound continued to swell up and go back down. The next step was to bring Brewster in for anesthesia and take a dental x-ray of the area.
Brewster came in and was put under anesthesia and a dental x-ray taken. The image clearly shows that there is some foreign object between the mandible bones. What do you think it is?