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Old August 11th, 2008, 02:47 PM
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Hair stuck under gum line

I'm not sure if this is a totally weird problem or if it's common and I've just never heard of it.

Streets is a bit of a hairy fellow, and a bit of a licker, so he ends up with a lot of his own, and his brother's, fur in his mouth.

A couple of months ago I noticed that the gums around one of his k9s was inflamed and there was a small amount of puss. I spoke to my vet about it and both of us were at a bit of a loss since the tooth is in good shape.

So I soaked the area in warm salt water, stepped up the brushing and kept an eye on things.

Well, I've finally figured out the problem, but I don't know if anything can be done about it. There seems to be a ton of hair stuck up under the gum line. Brushing his teeth everyday keeps new hair at bay, and works some of older stuff out, but there's clearly more up in there. Yesterday I had to pull more than a dozen hairs out with tweezers.

Is there any solution to this, preferably that doesn't require going to the vet and being put under? Streets has had focal seizures in the past and tends to be pretty sensitive to, well, just about everything, so I'm not going to risk putting him under unless it's really, really necessary.

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Old August 11th, 2008, 04:10 PM
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Knowing you pitgrrl , when I read the tittle , I thought you had GUM stuck in YOUR hair

SO hair gets stuck under his gums ? How weird is that ? Could only happen to you / one of your dogs I tell you

Sorry I don't have any advice
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Old August 11th, 2008, 05:10 PM
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Yeah, I didn't even think how the title would sound until now

It's just weird, it happens to Basil too, but he's less fuzzy and licks less, so he doesn't really have any problems. I don't even think think there's much the vet could really do
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Old August 11th, 2008, 05:15 PM
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These 2 are from the same litter right ? It must have to do with a gum defect ? Because I never heard about this problem before.
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Old August 11th, 2008, 05:38 PM
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But their gums look totally normal, to both me and the vet. (Basil does have extra teeth and extra nipples though........).

Go look at Nelly's k9's Frenchy, I bet you find a hair or two sticking out of the gum line.
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Old August 11th, 2008, 05:40 PM
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Go look at Nelly's k9's Frenchy, I bet you find a hair or two sticking out of the gum line.
omg yes there is , you evil girl you , know I will check her gums everyday
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