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Legolas Visits the Dentist

Legolas at right hanging out with his buddy Aragorn.

Legolas intubated, under anesthesia, ready for surgery and being closely monitored.

About a week ago our primateís caregiver noticed that Legolas wasnít taking his biscuits. Instead, he would grab all the softer foods in his bowl during breakfast and at dinner would take pasta, melons and cooked sweet and regular potatoes but not the crunchier stuff. We donít cook the potatoes every night, just a couple times a week, but because we thought it may be a tooth problem we cooked every night until our veterinarians could arrange for a dental check.

Our veterinary staff examining and preparing Legolas for his dental procedure.

We separated Legolas, and our veterinarians sedated him and brought him to our surgery room where Dr. Ed Shagam, our dental consultant, awaited. After a complete exam and x-rays, Legolas was found to have a canine tooth in need of a root canal.

The tooth at upper right in the photo prepared for the root canal.

Popcorn Park veterinarian Dr. Bert Paluch at left, and dental consultant Dr. Ed Shagam at right working on the tooth.

Legolas was intubated and prepped for the procedure. Dr. Shagam went to work and after a short time we were loading Legolas up to bring him back to his buddies. We did keep him separated that night because he was still a little slow.

Legolas, right, after a day of rest, feeling much better and back to grooming his friend, Aragorn.

But the next morning he was back with everybody. The next couple days we still offered softer foods but after that he was back on his regular diet and interacting with the Fellowship as normal.


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