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Chew on this: Canine's jaw regrows

Procedure allows one pooch to enjoy gnawing, playing

6:09 PM, Mar. 18, 2013
Whiskey, a Munsterlander breed dog, recovered well from an operation at UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. Surgeons extracted a piece of Whiskey's diseased lower jaw, and inserted a metal plate and a bone-growth sponge that allowed the bone to recover.
Whiskey, a Munsterlander breed dog, recovered well from an operation at UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. Surgeons extracted a piece of Whiskey's diseased lower jaw, and inserted a metal plate and a bone-growth sponge that allowed the bone to recover.
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When Whiskey, a small Munsterlander dog, showed up at the vet's office in November 2011, he was unable to chomp on anything.

A cancerous growth known as squamous cell carcinoma had grown onto his jawbone, keeping the then-9-year-old pooch from enjoying his favorite chew sticks.

But Whiskey just celebrated his 11th birthday in January, and by all accounts is back to his old self, thanks to an experimental procedure being performed at the University of California-Davis' Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. The creators of this procedure hope that what they've learned could hold lessons ...

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