"In 2001 a very special little kitten came to stay at our house named Emma. She weighed in at a whopping 2 ½ pounds. When she was about 9 months old she began vomiting and wouldn’t eat. The doctors at Piney Creek Square Veterinary Clinic took x-rays, but nothing showed up on them. She was losing weight, and she was thin by nature anyway, so everyone was worried about her. Dr. Behrns came to the rescue and performed emergency surgery on our little girl. She found an almond trying to pass into Emma’s stomach. Of course, it would not have shown up on an x-ray. Thank you, Dr. Behrns, for saving Emma’s life."
Dental disease of any type is painful! Cats identified as having FORLS and /or stomatitis are often young cats (2-3 years of age) that may or may not have trouble eating.
These cats want to eat but look at the food bowl as if it is too painful to eat or are drooling excessively. It can be rare that pet owners can even recognize that there is tooth resorption occurring in their cat’s mouth, giving good reason physical exams are recommended every 6-12 months.
Diligent home dental care can be paramount in saving a cat’s teeth but many severely affected with this disease benefit from full mouth extractions. Contact us to schedule an appointment at Piney Creek Square Integrative Veterinary Medicine today if you think you cat is experiencing mouth pain. We have medications that can help, if necessary. And our digital dental x-ray can help the staff at Piney Creek Square Integrative Veterinary Medicine identify if your cat needs extractions.
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