Thursday, February 6, 2014

Thankful For My Dentist And Vet - Thankful Thursday Blog Hop


Hi Pals,

Tell me what you see in my mouth - or maybe I should say don't see?    Yup - I has no toothies - none at all.   i used to have a mouth full in October 2008 when M & D adopted me.   

My toothie story (or lack thereof) is located in a tab at the top of my bloggy.  But the long and short of it is that I had a bad disease called Stomatitis -  kinda like being allergic to your own tooth decay.  They only way to get rid of the infections I was having was to pull my toothies - all of them.

This is Pet Dental Health Month and my good friend @BunnyJeanCook's mom wrote an excellent article in the importance of dental health here.    Please take a couple of minutes to read about it.   It is important information for kitties and woofies too.

If my problems had not been caught  by my vet, I might not be here today. But she recognized the signs and sent me to see an Anipal Dentist, who confirmed that it was Stomatitis and recommended all my toothies be pulled.   

My problem was discovered only a couple of month's after M & D adopted me because my mouth had one infection after another even after my vet pulled a couple of  toothies.   No amount of antibiotics would clear it up.  That's when she sent me to the Anipal Dentist in a nearby city, who then confirmed the diagnosis and pulled my toothies.

That was 4 1/2 years ago and I've been doing GREAT ever since.  I'm a happy, healthy boy and still able to eat kibble, as long as M buys a kibble that is smaller in size.  I can also eat wet food, which I get plenty of.   M does make a mountain out of my wet food tho cuz I have no teeth to really eat it properly.  After I've eaten most of the wet food, she makes another mountain out of the left over on my plate.  Then she tells me to clean my plate - and I do!

I am so thankful to my lady vet for recognizing the problem and sending me  to the Anipal Dentist, and so are M & D.   And we are thankful to the Anipal Dentist for his expert knowledge.

Almost every state in the US has an Anipal Dentist.  You will find a link in my side bar so you can check out those in your state.   M says, yes they are pricey, but at least have a consultation visit if your vet recommends one.  Sometimes there is help available if you have trouble with the $$.  

Mario




33 comments:

Marilia Bavaresco said...

You´re a lucky cat!

The Furries of Whisppy said...

We had never heard of stomatitis until we got to know you. We made Mommy read your toothies experience so she is aware of what to look out for. We don't have Anipal Dentists here. Our normal vets are also our dentists.

Katie Isabella said...

Mario, my sweet love, you are a fortunate kitty with very very loving pawrents. xoxoxo

Beth said...

Mario, you are so lucky to have such a caring mom and dad. xx

Loretta Thomas said...

We are so glad you had this done sweetie...what great parents you have and you must be so grateful for them.
Sending Purrs,
Miss Kitty Izzy Ino

McGuffy Ann said...

This is important. We think you are special, and handsome just as you are. ~xo~

Cathy Keisha said...

Mario, can you believe TW once axed my vet to file down my teeth? She wanted him to remove them so I couldn’t bite her. thankfully, he said no, they didn’t do that. You are lucky you find M and D. Some other peep might’ve brought you back to the shelter rather than spend the money.

Terry's Tete-a-tete said...

Gee Mario, I have never heard of that. So glad you vet caught it. M takes such good care of you.

Caren Gittleman said...

Mario you have one great dentist and vet and we are thankful for the times you guest blogged about it for us!

Judi said...

My sister's cat, Stormy, went through the same thing. He was only a year old, and only had 9 teeth left!

Other than the obvious health benefits from his tooth removal, it has really helped out the dog. Storm loves to attack the dog and bit him!

Judi said...

I brush my cat, Thunder's, teeth every day. I figured that if I could train a horse to allow me to ride him, I could do something simple like training a cat to let me brush his teeth. At the age of 7, his teeth are gorgeous.

Katie http://myminipetpig.com/ said...

Aww Mario you are so lucky to have the family you do! It must also mean some yummy soft food for you :-)

Sparkle the Designer Cat said...

Thanks for all the info, Mario! Paws crossed we kitties never need a dental specialist because the closest one to us is an hour away!

Cheri Wildcatwoods said...

Glad your vet knew how to treat you. Luckily none of us have that but we know about it from friends who do.

Cats of wildcat woods

ANGEL ABBY said...

Mario we are so glad you were diagnosed and treated and now you are totally pawsomely healthy and happy.

Brian said...

We are so thankful you got the proper help too Mario!

Kitties Blue said...

Mario, wanted to let you know how cute you looked on the CB Calendar the other day. Whenever we see you, we marvel at how much you and Mau look alike; though, he has more black on his body. That's great that you do so well with no toothies. Purrs and paw-pats, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

The Island Cats said...

Mario, dental health is so important for us kitties. We're glad you're doing well without your teefs.

Marie Symeou said...

Poor you! I'm so glad your dentist sorted it out for you though :)

Purrs xx
Athena and Marie

Maxwell, Faraday and Allie said...

We has a wunnerful pawesome vet who takes furry good care of our teefies and who consults wif vet dentist specialists and stuff, and we're SO thankful for him! Even when he steals FOUR of Faraday's teefs!

GUESS WHAT?!?! We saw your photo on teh CB calendar on Tuesday!! YAY!!!

Deb Barnes said...

So glad you are okay Mario and we think your Mom is wonderful for making mountains out of your food for you! Purrs from the Zee and Zoey Gang!

Kjelle Bus said...

Glad your vet sent you to a cat dentist so you could get out all the aking toothies !

XOXO

Austin Towers said...

You are one lucky kitty, Mario!! Having had toothy problems myself, I can appreciate how you must have suffered in the past! xox

Nerissa said...

Yup, I'm down to two lower fangs, myself. And sometimes? Sometimes my upper lip gets caught on one of 'em. Makes me look like I'm sneerin' or somethin'. MOUSES!

Purrs,
Nissy

Oui Oui said...

You were the first kitty we knew who had that awful disease. MMM needs to go in for her teeth. She's had one pulled and may need another done, but we hope not! Her vet says she just doesn't have good dental genetics.

Mark's Mews (Ayla, Iza, and Marley) said...

We're late, so just hopin ya are feeling better now.

Fur Everywhere said...

We is so glad that your vet recognized what was going on with you. :)

Basil Widdairs said...

Poor mew Mario - I'm glad it's all better now though!!!

animal lover, quilt lover said...

Oh Mario so happy they found what the trouble was and could fix it!!!!
If you had had caner they might not have been able to fix it.
So it is not a big deal for you and that is so good!!!
Tahnks for your visit!!!

BeadedTail said...

We're glad you're all better! Thanks to your dentist and your wonderful parents too!

marley said...

Always impawtant to be lookin after yore elf Mario my pal….

marley said...

Always impawtant to be lookin after yore elf Mario my pal….

View From My Pram said...

PepiSmartDog: Mario you are a Dental Star and have helped so many pals with dental worries. YOU ROCK MARIO! Thankyou for always supporting Thankful Thursday and look forward to seeing you in it again. Love you buddy. XXX :=o)