History and Treatment Planning
A 12 year old, neutered male Golden Retriever, underwent a dental prophylaxis procedure performed by his primary care veterinarian in June of 2021. At that time, no suspicious lesions or growths were noted. In October 2021, his family discovered a marble-sized growth in his mouth along the gum line of his left maxilla. The mass was visible from the outside of his mouth, and seemed to cause him irritation. At the time, it was bloody (perhaps from self trauma/stick chewing). Antibiotics were prescribed, but the dog quickly developed worsening clinic signs (nasal discharge, swelling, lethargy).