Sunday, May 10, 2009

Hard Swellings in mandibles ( bottom jaw bone) Alpaca

Compare the three pictures.
The middle picture is taken out of the pink book. And shows the three back double molars and two tiny pre molars in the front and you can see top line with bottom.
This is the best way I could describe it,
The top picture shows the places the two pre molars should be (blue arrows and also this is pointed with his pointer
The bottom picture shows the 3 double molars, they have a double crown on top when you look at the ariel photo you will see this, and each molar have a double root, if you look where the yellow arrow is and look to the top photo you will see the double root.
You can also see the bone swelling under the teeth if you compare to the should be photo and her x ray.

The measurement of the hard swellings were
The hard bone swelling on the left mandibule is 4.7cm in length, 3 cm deep, and 3 cm wide
and the right mandible is 4 cm in length 3.7 cm wide and 2.7 deep.
These are the biggest bone swellings our experienced veterinarians have seen.
How did they get this big?
Over a long period of time.
The firt thing the carer of this female should have picked up was loss of body condition, also not eating, as you know yourselves, if you have an abcess in your mouth, how painful it is.
The female also would have been lethargic, and paaler in colour on her flesh, seen usually in the mouth.
Regular maintence and physical checking of jawlines, when handling your alpacas, and you should pick up any problems before it gets to this size.,
Regular maintence would not only stop any suffering from the female, but she would have fed her baby better, as she would be poducing more milk.
When the screening vet first viewed this female within 15 mins arriving on the farm, he did not give her a 50/50 chance of survival.
the cost of getting her back into prime condition, including vet bills etc, is in excess of $AUS4500, so if it does not worry you about seeing a female suffering, i am sure the cost to your pocket will.