Canine Ossifying Epulis
My female labrador, 7 years old, has one on her bottom jaw, left side of her mouth, right next to her canine tooth. It was approximately the size of a jelly bean.
I took her to the vet and they removed what they could. But couldn't get it all. It's bone and you can't cut into it with a scapula. Super weird.
It's not causing her any discomfort or pain. The vet said we can either have it surgically removed or leave it. Surgery can be well over $1000 and they have to break her jaw and remove part of the jawbone that it's grown into and probably some of her teeth. We can't see putting her through that unnecessary pain if she's not bothered by it right now. It's more of a cosmetic thing.
There's always the chance that it can develop into cancer but the test results came back benign. So yippee for that! Ontop of that, if it gets large enough, it can cause her tooth to start pushing out/maybe loosen up. It could also cause her to have difficulty eating.
Has anyone ever had to deal with one before? Did you get the surgery?
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