Checking a Moose’s Teeth | Dr. Oakley, Yukon Vet


NARRATOR: Today,
the Oakley ladies are near Anchorage,
headed to the Alaska wildlife conservation
center for a date with an iconic northern beast. DR MICHELLE OAKLEY:
Wouldn’t it be great if after I inject [inaudible],,
he just walks right over it and lays down? He’ll probably smell
the vet stink roll up, and then he’ll head
for the back pasture. [inaudible] DR MICHELLE OAKLEY: Yeah. So today, we’re at AWCC. And I’m going to have a look
at Nelson, their older moose. Hello. – Hello.
– How’s it going? Pretty good. How are you? NARRATOR: Sarah Howard cares
for the center’s resident moose herd. At seven years of age, Nelson
is the biggest and most cantankerous of the bunch. DR MICHELLE OAKLEY: Ooh, yeah. He’s big. Yeah, we can just jab him. Wildlife Center currently
has four bull moose. They’re all big,
bold, grumpy males. In the past, the moose
here at the Wildlife Center have had some teeth problems. So with Nelson’s age,
we just want to make sure his teeth look good. And they’re not in bad shape. NARRATOR: Checking this
moose’s molars won’t be easy. So he’s probably
500 kilos, maybe more. NARRATOR: So Michelle’s brought
along her daughters, Maya and Sierra, to help
get the job done. They face 1,300
pounds of brute force. And antlers capable of
delivering a devastating blow. DR MICHELLE OAKLEY: Big,
poky thing coming through. NARRATOR: To get
close, Michelle needs Nelson to be fully sedate. DR MICHELLE OAKLEY:
You are a big boy. Oop, he sees this. I should hide this. SARAH HOWARD: You and I can
just kind of walk in slowly. Yeah. He’s definitely
going to freak out. Oop, he’s looking
at it already. Nelson is an adult male moose. So, you know, safety is
our number one concern. Ooh, I could get in
there and get him right now, if we open the door. NARRATOR: To sedate him,
Michelle and Sarah must enter the big bull’s territory. You– you’re going to be
ready to come out here, right. Or he’s going to
run away, you think? NARRATOR: One wrong move
and Nelson could trample whoever stands in his way. He’ll knock it right out of
my hands, though, is the thing. I don’t think I can hold
against a moose kick. That’s some of it.
SARAH HOWARD: It’s OK, bud. It’s OK. It’s OK. It’s OK. DR MICHELLE OAKLEY: So I
gave him the injection. Suddenly, he turns. And I’m on the wrong
side of the moose. Yeah, that was scary. Of course he wasn’t
happy with me. But more than that he
really was just scared. He was just like, how
do I get away from her? Now we’re just going
to be really quiet, and hopefully that’s
enough to take him down. Let me see if I can
feel in his mouth here. OK, I’m going deep. So I’m just feeling
along his mandible. NARRATOR: Michelle
examines his teeth, while the AWCC staff
take on some much needed hoof maintenance. DR MICHELLE OAKLEY: So I’m just
feeling his teeth right now. And they feel really
good, actually. The jaw feels great
on the one side. SARAH HOWARD: That’s good news. We’ll feel the other side
and see if that’s the same. Feels nice on one side,
but kind of thickened when I compare it to the other
side, like really thickened, unfortunately. SARAH HOWARD: Uh-oh. They tend to get
lumpy jaw, which is a poke from some of the
rough things that they chew. Moose in captivity tend to get
something called lumpy jaw. That causes an
infection in the bone, the mandible, the lower jaw. Sierra, do you want
to bring the x-ray? And we’ll get an
x-ray of his jaw. Yeah. DR MICHELLE OAKLEY: And that
infection can be so severe that they can stop
eating and lose weight, and eventually die from it. NARRATOR: An x-ray will
confirm if Nelson shows signs of a debilitating condition. Does he feel bloaty
to you back there? Yes. I mean it’s bouncy.
– Yeah. OK. Quick, get that under there. So bloating is when
the gas is building up. And then he’s not burping it. And that gas becomes
a big, bloated belly. So we’re going to have to
keep a really close eye on him as we go. NARRATOR: The buildup of gas can
make it impossible for Nelson to breathe, and could be fatal. OK. It’s a little light, eh? No, it looks all right. I’m going to do one more
further back, the same. Maya, push him up
a little bit more. OK. OK. Maya, do you want to
pull that plate out? That feels good. Oh, he’s getting bloatier. I’m going to need
to reverse him now. You guys need to
finish up these feet, best you can do in the next
five minutes, basically. NARRATOR: While Nelson wakes
up from his anesthesia, Michelle and Sarah determine
the damage to his jaw. Yeah, so this is looking
like basically straight through the top of his head. Yeah, it’s a little thicker. So one thing we see as we
look at Nelson’s x-ray is there does appear
to be a thickening on the lower left mandible. NARRATOR: An extreme
difference in the size of Nelson’s mandibles could be
cause for immediate treatment. But the thickening, it’s
not that different really. With what I’m seeing, I’m
not in any great hurry to jump to surgery or any kind
of drastic treatment plan. This really could be nothing. For now, we’re just going
to keep an eye on him. NARRATOR: Michelle will follow
up on Nelson in the weeks to come. With a plan in hand, the
Oakley ladies call it a day.

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  2. Bull moose can become dangerous when aggressive, so a lot of care must be taken prior to an inspection. What are your thoughts on this visit by Dr. Oakley?

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