Dear Friends,

Last week my family noticed a pretty long cut on the right side of the roof of my mouth. They knew it needed to be looked at by a specialist. They called the University of Minnesota, because they were closest and had experts in the area of Animal Dentistry. The problem was they couldn't get me in for help for several weeks and my family thought I should see someone as soon as possible. 

My girl, Ellie, went on line and found Dr. Dale Kressin from the Animal Dentistry and Oral Surgery Specialists. Dr. Kressin's primary office is in Oshkosh, WI which is about 6 hours away from where I live. But he was so kind to offer that when we came in for a consultation, that same day, if necessary he would perform the surgery. 

One week later, on March 7, 2013, I met Dr. Kressin. He has been in this field and an oral surgeon since 1983. We not only felt he was an expert in the field of Animal Dentistry, but he was compassionate beyond belief. 

The procedure took several hours and this is the best explanation I can provide for the abrasion in my mouth. My adult molars have already come in, at my age of 5 months, when they commonly come in around 8 to 10 months. My puppy molars were still there, one in particular being pushed out toward my right cheek. That caused actual tearing on the upper roof of my mouth on that side, because my mouth hasn't grown enough to support those adult molars. I also needed to have some of my gum line/jaw reworked a bit as well. I had one adult and one puppy tooth extracted. The biggest concern was a hole he discovered, in the back of the roof of my mouth that leads to my nasal cavity and my lungs. Should food fall into those areas and create infection, it could have easy turned into pneumonia and the result could have been death. 

Dr. Kressin, stitched the opening and closed the wound enough, yet leaving some area to close naturally, as to not close the area too tightly that as it grows it does not tear again. 

He is hopeful and believes that this is now corrected and no further issues should arise. If they do, my family will make sure we go back to Dr. Kressin. We had the best possible experience with Dr. Kressin and his clinic. I can't begin to thank him for everything he did to help me. 

Thank you all for your support, love and prayers. 

Sparrow :)

Photo below shows before the surgery.