Do you notice anything different in that picture above. Something is missing! Do you know what it is?
If you said "teeth," you are absolutely right. I had all my toothies pulled due to a disease called Stomatitis. For a good description of this disease you can see detailed pictures, etc. at http://mypetsdentist.com/feline-stomatitis.pml, which is the site of my dentist. It is is a nasty disease, and if left untreated, can lead to major health problems. Our vet lady suggested M get a second opinion from an animal dentist, which we did. It's a long story and you can read the detailed story at http://www.mariodacat.blogspot.com/p/where-did-my-toothies-go-part-1.html. The dentist recommended pulling my toothies because in a sense I was allergic to my own toothie decay. This was drastic at the time, but it ended up being the right decision as I'm a very healthy 10-year-old mancat now.
It's important to have a vet check your mouth at the first sign of trouble. With me it was red, infected gums. Several rounds of antibiotics didn't touch the problem. That's when our lady vet suggested we see an animal dentist.
February is Pet Dental Health Month! If you have never had your toothies checked, it's a good idea to have a vet take a look at them. In my case, the dentist felt bad gum disease was probably something I inherited from my parents. M and D would never have noticed anything, but our lady vet checked me over the day I was adopted and indicated I needed to get my toothies cleaned. That was the beginning of the long process.
I am so thankful that M and D took me to the vet lady that first day, and that she noticed how bad my mouth looked. M and D are thankful too because if left untreated, the disease might have killed me.
M heard recently that they have other non-drastic means of treating the disease, and we're hoping that is the case. By the way, I'm doing just fine without my toothies. M buys kibble that is smaller in size and mushes my wet food and makes it into a mound so that I can eat easier. I'm doing great.
So take my advice and have your toothies checked out.
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