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Diagnostic Imaging in Veterinary Dental Practice

Suzan Murray DVM, DACZM1, Carlos Sanchez DVM2, Ellen Bronson DVM3, Camille Harris DVM4,5, and Tabitha Viner DVM, DACVP6
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  • 1 Department of Animal Health, National Zoological Park, 3001 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008.
  • | 2 Department of Animal Health, National Zoological Park, 3001 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008.
  • | 3 Department of Animal Health, National Zoological Park, 3001 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008.
  • | 4 Department of Animal Health, National Zoological Park, 3001 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008.
  • | 5 Wildlife Center of Virginia, PO Box 1557, Waynesboro, VA 22980.
  • | 6 Department of Pathology, National Zoological Park, 3001 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008.
History and Physical Examination Findings

A 12.5-year-old sexually intact male Prevost's squirrel (Callosciurus prevostii) was evaluated because of rightsided facial swelling and a recent history of dysphagia and stridor. The squirrel was anesthetized to allow for physical examination and collection of blood samples. Physical examination revealed a fracture of the maxillary right third premolar tooth and an associated abscess. Results of hematologic and serum biochemical testing were within reference limits for this species. While the squirrel was anesthetized, radiographs of the skull were obtained (Figure 1).

Dorsoventral (A) and right lateral (B) radiographic views

Contributor Notes

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