Say hello to Jessie. Jessie came in for a simple vaccination, but during the brief office call the doctor noticed that she had a broken tooth. Her owner had not seen any difference in her eating habits or behavior to indicate that something was wrong. A dental cleaning was performed during which a dental x-ray was done and revealed that Jessie had a large slab fracture of her upper fourth premolar or “carnassial” tooth. The x-ray also showed evidence of the start of an abscess near the root of the tooth which meant that the tooth had to be extracted. Jessie recovered well and has a beautiful pearly white smile to show for it. Fractured teeth are a common occurrence, especially with dogs and there are rarely any obvious signs of a problem. Some dogs will have bad breath, but most continue to eat and drink normally. This is why routine exams are so important to a pet’s health. A physical examination is the best way to find potential health issues that may not be obvious to an owner. Luckily for Jessie, this tooth was found and taken care of quickly. Congratulations to Jessie, our March Pet of the Month.