Pepe is a beautiful, bright four year old potbelly pig living at Outsiders Farm & Sanctuary, Inc. Pepe arrived here last month and was scheduled for his first tusk and hoof trim on 5/22/2021. Prior to his arrival at Outsiders, Pepe's top left tusk appeared to have gotten caught on his wire crate and broke off during transport. At the time, it did not appear to be a serious injury and Pepe has been eating, drinking, and acting his usual self. Unfortunately at his tusk trim appointment, the Farrier was able to get a much better look inside of his mouth and caught what looks like a tusk pulp infection. His nerves and pulp are both exposed. Tusk infections are incredibly dangerous as they are permanent fixtures to the jaw, cannot be extracted, and the pulp connects to the jaws bone marrow. Left untreated, this is a life threatening injury. We reached out to UGA Veterinary Teaching Hospital as soon as Pepe's appointment was finished. We have made a plan for Pepe to start antibiotics this weekend and then our regular Vet will be referring us to UGA for him to see a Dentist! Yep, a Dentist for pigs! How awesome is that? He will most likely need to have a root canal and once the tusk has been properly irrigated, they will place a cap to prevent air from going in and out and causing him pain. Since his tusk pulp is infected, he will need a series of appointments with the Dentist. First, they will assess him and take many x-rays to assess the infection and until the infection is cleared, he cannot have the root canal/cap procedure. UGA is a little over an hour from the Sanctuary and as you can imagine, specialists costs more money...But it is the best option for medical care for Pepe in this situation. So he will get the best! We actually anticipate his total expenses between assessment, treatment, follow up visits, and his actually surgery to exceed $2000, but figured this is a start to get the ball rolling to get Pepe with a healthy mouth again!