Vet Hansel answers questions about pet care in this advice column, created in partnership with the Bahrain Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (BSPCA). It will also highlight some of the animals in the BSPCA sanctuary, in the hope of finding each of them a loving home.
Question: My dog, Georgie, has a small bubble on the inside of his mouth. What could this be and is this something to worry about?
Answer: Normally, the oral cavity is covered with epithelium, which is a thin tissue forming the outer layer of a body’s surface.
When the epithelium is removed an ulcer forms and soon bacteria populate the exposed area leading to inflammation and pain.
The most common reason dogs get ulcers is due to periodontal disease.
Other causes include trauma, poor diet, bacterial or viral infections, stress and accidental biting of the interior of the cheek.
Therapy of oral ulcers depends on the cause.
Check your pet’s mouth for abnormalities whenever your dog or when brushing his teeth, and always seek advice from a veterinarian.
l Dr Hansel is a veterinary consultant and surgeon for the BSPCA and Charis Vets. Please send your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
BSPCA’S DOG OF THE WEEK IS BLAKE
Age: Five years
Blake gives amazing hugs and loves to go for nice long walks. He adores people and loves to play while also learning new tricks. Blake is a wonderful companion to have as he will shower his family with unconditional love and care. His presence will add a warm and happy vibe to any household immediately. Blake is neutered, tick-treated and fully vaccinated.
BSPCA’S CAT OF THE WEEK IS LESTER
Age: Two and a half years
Lester is very affectionate and friendly who loves snacking and showing off his fancy coat, along with his flashy blue eyes. His wonderful nature and pretty bright eyes makes him the perfect addition to any household, where he will do his best to prove himself to his loved ones. Lester is neutered and fully vaccinated.
l If you are interested in adopting Blake, Lester or any of the shelter’s cats, kittens, dogs and puppies, visit the Animal Welfare Centre in Askar. Log onto the website www.bspca.org for directions.