Salivary Gland Issues

By February 3, 2019Family Pet Veterinary Blog

As described in a
recent post, dental
conditions are often hidden and painful. The following posts are
going to help describe conditions that pets can get as well as
treatment. Many people I talk with are surprised how we can help pets
with dental conditions and save teeth whenever possible.

Accumulation of
saliva or stones in the salivary ducts can occur due to trauma,
foreign material, or infection. Many times these causes are unseen
(and become termed idiopathic = unknown cause) and happen days to
weeks earlier than the symptoms. Salivary duct stones (sialoliths) do
not cause accumulation of saliva as seen in the image.

Surgical treatment
is needed. The surgical approach can be a challenge and may not
remove all of the salivary tissue as intended, though Main
Street Dental Clinic
and Animal
Dentistry Referral Services
have some ancillary techniques to
treat these. Sometimes a second surgery is still needed.

Using the special techniques on a follow up surgery is less
successful as anatomical landmarks are less visible hampering the
outcome.

Contact us to learn more about salivary gland issues.