Notice anything different about my mouth? Yup - I has no toothies. Now my pals that have known me a long time know the story and why, but some of you new pals don't know. Since this is important information every kitty (and sometimes woofies) should know, we're going to do a quick recap.
When I was adopted at 3 years old in October 2008. M took me to the vet that very day and the vet said it looked like I had a few bad teeth. My gums were inflamed, toothies needed cleaning and maybe some pulled. I also had infection in the gums. Four different courses of antibiotics just didn't clear it up, so our vet sent me to a anipal dentist in another city. He diagnosed Stomatitis and recommended all my teeth should be pulled or I'd never get rid of the infection and the bad gums could lead to other serious diseases down the road.
Here is an excellent article in my dentist's web site that explains Stomatitis. If you or another kitty or woffie might have this, please read the article (click here) and talk to your vet about proper treatment or a referral to an anipal dentist.. This is very important!
I have been Stomatitis free for 6 years, and living with no toothies really isn't a problem as long as I'm an indoor kitty and don't have to kill my own food or defend myself. I even eat kibble.
If you want a blow by blow accounting for all we went through over an 8-month period, please check out the tab (Where Did My Toothies Go) at the top of this page. It chronicles our total experience.
I've joined @PepiSmartDog's blog Hop. We are thankful to his mom for providing the blog hop and for all her work with rescued animals in Australia. I'm also thankful I don't have to worry about Stomatitis anymore!