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What are Dental Abscess?

Three types of dental abscesses can form under the tooth of a cat. The first type is a gingival abscess, which primarily affects gum tissue. The second is a periodontal abscess, which affects the gums directly. The third type of abscess is called a periapical abscess and it affects the pulp of the tooth. The canine teeth are the most common to abscess as they are the easiest to be broken. Veterinary attention should be sought out immediately as abscesses can burst from too much pressure and cause large wounds in the cat's face. Infection can also spread throughout the body and compromise vital organs.

When tooth decay occurs in a cat, bacteria can spread down into the root of the tooth. The bacteria disintegrates the tissue in and around the tooth, forming a cavity. The cavity then fills with dead white blood cells and more bacteria. This foul-smelling fluid is called “pus”. A pus-filled cavity under a tooth is commonly referred to as a dental abscess. The gum tissue surrounding the abscess often becomes red and inflamed. 

Symptoms of Dental Abscess in Cats

If you suspect any symptoms of a pus cavity or abscess forming under your cat’s tooth, go to your vet as soon as possible. Infections within the abscess have the potential to develop into a systemic bacterial infection, which is life-threatening. Symptoms you should watch for include:

  • Round, visible bump in the mouth
  • Drooling
  • Pawing at mouth
  • Nose bleeds
  • Swollen face
  • Draining wound
  • Inability to eat
  • Weight loss
  • Loose tooth
  • Discoloration of tooth
  • Bad breath
  • Decrease in grooming
  • Fever
  • Sneezing
  • Lethargy

Causes of Dental Abscess in Cats

Any condition or occurrence that erodes or breaks a cat’s tooth can cause a dental abscess to form. Some underlying issues may dispose a cat to dental issues and tooth decay. These issues should be looked for to help prevent further abscess formation. Some main causes for pus cavities under the teeth are:

  • Trauma (often from being hit by a car)
  • Biting on a hard substance
  • FORL (feline odontoclastic resorptive) lesions that slowly absorb adult teeth back into the body
  • Untreated periodontal disease
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Mouth burn (often from chewing electric cables)

Diagnosis of Dental Abscess in Cats

Diagnosis of a dental abscess is often quite simple. The veterinarian will perform a physical examination of the cat, focusing much time on the mouth and face. Visual confirmation of a pus cavity is often all that is needed to diagnose the issue. The vet may need to differentiate a dental abscess from an eye infection or a puncture wound if swelling of the face is the main symptom present. 

An X-ray may be required to identify the source of the bacterial infection and monitor the surrounding teeth for any spreading. Blood tests may be performed including a complete blood count and a biochemical profile to determine overall health and identify possible underlying issues. If the cat has undergone major trauma, other more severe injuries may need to be treated first.

Treatment of Dental Abscess in Cats

Treatment should be administered quickly to relieve the abscess before it bursts. The larger the abscess has become, the more dangerous the infection can be to the cat. 

Drain & Clean 

The first step in treating a cat with a dental abscess is to sedate it (possibly with general anesthesia), and lance the abscess to drain out all of the pus. The cavity will then be thoroughly cleaned. Antibiotics may be injected at this time to curb infection.

Root Canal 

If the tissue surrounding the abscess is still intact, and the abscess itself is small in size, your veterinarian may choose to perform a root canal. This procedure can save the tooth while still removing all dead or infected tissue. Many veterinarians will refer the cat to a dental specialist for this procedure.

Extraction 

Often, the tooth and surrounding areas are too decayed to save. In this case, a full removal of the tooth will be performed. The infection has to be decreased prior to extraction surgery or serious complications may arise. Cold packs can be used post surgery to bring down swelling and reduce pain. 

Antibiotics 

After a dental abscess has been removed, antibiotics will be prescribed for seven to ten days to rid the body of harmful bacteria. 

Recovery of Dental Abscess in Cats

A follow-up exam will be scheduled one to two weeks after your cat has been treated. At this time, your veterinarian will perform a sensitivity test on the affected tooth and check for any signs of infection. You may have to administer pain medication at home while the cat recovers. Sometimes, a diet of soft food is recommended while the mouth is healing. No chew toys should be allowed until after the gum has healed over completely.

It is important to have your cat’s teeth and mouth checked at least twice a year to prevent the formation of tooth decay. Raw meats, small uncooked bones, or hard kibble may help scrape off plaque and keep teeth clean. Maintain your cat’s dental hygiene by brushing its teeth twice weekly with cat-specific toothpaste. If your cat is of a breed susceptible to dental issues (such as Siamese, Burmese, Persian and Somali breeds), take extra care to ensure teeth are kept clean. Check your cat’s mouth for broken teeth, bad breath, or lesions on a regular basis.

Dental Abscess Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Ozark, "Ozzie"
domestic short hair
5 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

loss of tooth, mouth licking.

My 5 year old cat lost a canine tooth. There was no decay in the tooth at all. He has had bad breath. I have an appt with his vet in 5 days. This morning he has been licking his mouth. This is new behavior. I think he looks like he doesn't feel well. I can't examine him because he was a feral kitten and he's resistant to being held though he is quite affectionate. How can I tell if he's in pain and how can I tell if the infection is getting worse?

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Callie
Calico
12 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Paws at face
Pain
Drooling

My cat has a very loose k9 it's not abscessed there's no draining from the sockit she eats fine and drools a lot too, paws at and on face. Being a disabled veteran I don't have the money to have someone pull it so someone can give me advice on pulling a tooth and how to take care of it and some type of medicine the curve the pain would be great. She has not changed any habits but she wants constant cuddling time. Just thinking that as old as she is, Callie just loosing them.

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Callie
Calico
12 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Pain in mouth
Moderate Drooling
Paws at mouth

My cat has a very loose canine tooth it is the abscessed she drools a lot in paws at her face. Her habits really haven't changed she still eat and seems to work more cuddle time. I'm a disabled vet in I do not have the money to take her to get an extraction done. Can someone please tell me how I can extracted tooth and how to take care of her and her pain. Thank you

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HM
Mix
16 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

swollen gums
Red gums

Medication Used

antibiotic
Steroid

My cat had an abscessed tooth and had many of her lower teeth removed. Now the area won't heal. She has been on antibiotics for over a month, has taken pain control and a steroid, and it is still red and very inflamed. The vet says that she doesn't know what else to do. My cat is 16 years old, and I want her to be comfortable.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. It can be difficult for older animals to heal as quickly as when they were younger. Without examining HM, I'm not sure that I can offer much insight into why the area is not healing, but if your veterinarian isn't able to resolve it, they may have another veterinarian who may be able to give a second opinion after examining her. it never hurts to have another set of eyes and another brain look at things that don't respond the way that they should, as everyone has a different set of experiences and knowledge. I hope that HM is more comfortable soon.

Dr. King, your answer to every question is "Without examining ___, I'm not sure that I can offer much insight", which is not very helpful at all. It's obvious that you cannot examine the animals in question because this is an internet forum. That being said, as a veterinary professional, it would be helpful if you could at least offer a little insight aside from telling people to take their pet to a vet to get examined, which is the obvious. I could have told them that. Otherwise, what is the point of having a veterinary professional answering questions on the forum?

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Jewel
domestic short hair
16 Years
Moderate condition
-1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Limping
Eye Bulging
Swelling

Last week 16 year old cat was grabbing at her mouth like something was stuck in her mouth but then stopped. Now her left side of her face is all swollen even part of her eye and it’s oozing.
She is limping when she walks.
My vet can’t get me in until morning

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without seeing Jewel, I can't offer any treatments other than having your veterinarian see her as soon as they are able to get her in. She may have an abscessed tooth, or an infection otherwise, or a tumor. Your veterinarian will be able to examine her, determine what might be going on, and offer treatment options for you. If you feel that she is having an emergency, your veterinary clinic should have an after hours location to have her seen, the information is usually on the answering machine when they are closed. I hope that she is okay.

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Ekko
grey tabby
10 Months
Fair condition
-1 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Not Eating
Cant chew food properly

My kitten has an appetite but can’t chew his food/eat. He is still active/playing. He drinks water and tries to eat but i’m scared he’s not actually swallowing much. He has thrown up quite a bit (just clear liquid or a slight yellow tinge) i think that’s from his lack of eating. Should i be worried or give it time to see if things get better.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Ekko is having some trouble eating and is showing signs of pain you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination; oral trauma, dental issues (retained teeth for example), temporomandibular joint disorders among other causes may lead to problems. Without examining Ekko I cannot say what the specific cause is or the best course of action. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Cuddles
Cat
3 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

My 12 week old cat has a lump that has grown in the last couple days on her lower left mandible. Today she has been sleeping for about 11 hours we have brought her to her dish. Then she will go back to sleep. She does feel warm as well. I will bring her to the vet in the morning just wondering if she will be ok over night?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I'm not sure what might be causing that lump to be growing, but young kittens can have abscesses that can make them feel very ill. Those don't tend to be fatal overnight, but do usually require treatment.

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Misty
Domestic house cat
19 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Fever

Medication Used

Clavamox antibiotic- oral

My 19 y/o female, indoor only cat developed an abscessed tooth. Noticed a sore on her cheek and took her to her vet the next morning. DX abscess. Also discovered she has hyperthyroidism, TSH was 11.4. Holding off treatment for that until after extraction due to going on vacay and won't be able to apply the topical pen BID until return. Her extraction is scheduled for tomorrow morning, one week after getting the DX, and have been on Clavamox BID for 7 days. However, now 6 days later, the wound has gotten much larger and is oozing. She is just shy of being 20 y/o. She weighs 5.3 lbs. Is it going to be safe to put her under for the extraction?

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Augie
Manx
12 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Abcess

Hi and a Merry Christmas R Happy Holidays to all. I am confused with my 10 to 15 year old car Augie. I brought him to the vet back on the 9th of December as I thought he may have an abscess as I could palpate a large hard lump under his lower rear jaw. The doctor diagnosed him immediately with cancer. Which was off course sad to hear. Augie was already drooling and the vet said maybe he should be put to sleep now. I refused as he didn’t seem to be in any distress. He was strong and eating furiously. I have another cat who I have had on profylatic antibiotic which I change up continually. I had purchased some doxycycline on that same day. I started giving one cc to Augie daily for about a week but ran out. His ‘cancer” seemed to be progressing extremely fast so wasn’t sure what would be next. However he still was eating very well, up and about and socializing. But drooling heavily. His drooling was horrible today with an infectious odor. I have been trying to keep his face clean an tonight I saw a lot of puss and blood. He let me palpate and rub both inside his mouth and on the bottom of his jaw. One of the lumps went away. I of course like many am terribly broke. But I want to do my cat right. Is there any thing that I can do to clean inside his mouth? How often should I do this? What would be the best antibiotic. It must be a liquid. 15 pound cat. Really bad infection. Is this cancer or is it a horrible infection?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I am sorry that is happening Augie. I appreciate that you want to do everything that you can, but I cannot tell without examining him if he has an infection, or cancer, or both - oftentimes, a cancerous tumor can become infected, and more complicated. I cannot recommend an antibiotic, and it would be a good idea to contact the veterinarian that saw him last, and ask if they are able to recommend anything, since they have seen him in the past. I hope that you are able to help him, and to make sure that he isn't suffering.

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Onyx
dsh
1 Year
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

swollen face

Hi I'm almost positive my cat has a tooth abscess he has a lump under his eye and the eye is actually shut my question is I started him on clavamox this morning will that help him and take the swelling down till I can take him to the vet next week?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I cannot recommend that you give any antibiotics to a patient unless prescribed by a Veterinarian, irresponsible use of antibiotics are creating a global health crisis. If you suspect that Onyx has a dental abscess you should visit your Veterinarian before deciding on a course of treatment and ensure that Onyx can drink and has access to wet food (dry food may be painful). Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Craig
domestic short hair
almost two
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

he has two gum boils

My cat has two small gum bois, one is a dark color and one is white. He doesnt appear to be in any pain, is actually still acting like himself. I wondered if there is anything I can do for him at home until I have the money to take him to the vet?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I would recommend you visit your Veterinarian as soon as possible; however, until you are able to visit your Veterinarian, rinsing the boils with salt water after each meal should help. This may be a quite simple case requiring some antibiotics or may require tests and more extensive treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

To get cat to eat give gerber chicken baby food pate kind in little jar. Also give Tomlin high cal nutrition gel to gain weight. Get at pet store. Give pate cat food using medicine syringe type oral, just pack the food in tube with butter knife. Bonito flakes on food smtimes is helpful. God bless your effort.

looking for recommendations on getting my cat to eat or a mush recipe that will help him gain weight as fast as possible. I am fostering a cat from my local shelter that came in as a stray. We are trying to get weight on him so he can have his oral surgery but he is not eating and is skin and bones. He is on antibiotics and pain meds to manage the infection while we get weight on him so he can have his oral surgery. He has an abscess and gingivitis. he is very inquisitive and curious. he doesn't seem disconnected from the world and seems like he's fighter so we want to try everything we can. I'm confident that once he has his surgery he'll have many more years in him. He's not eating much at all. Using pate canned cat food currently. He's a 10yr old neutered male with abscess on his upper rt side.

My cat is twitching and drooling and scratching at his face. He won't eat or drink and the vet said there was nothing in his mouth but yet can't figure out the reason why he is acting like he is having a seizure.

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Lucy
tabby
10 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Not eating lethargic, improved now

My 10 year old female tabby has a tooth abscess. They weren't sure if it was primary or secondary. The vet didn't think the tooth would have caused her not to eat since cats like in the wild instinctively will eat to survive. She had blood work done. I took her to the vet since she was not eating much for about 2 weeks. They gave her a medication to calm her stomach and I was trying to force feed her over the weekend. I was monitoring her urine/ stool and she had no stool but her urine was bright orange at least 2 times I could see.The vet said the orange urine is bilirubin. Her blood work came back on Monday with severe liver inflammation. She's now on an antibiotic and a med to stimulate her appetite. Now she's drinking a lot of water and eating Temptations treats on the second day on an antibiotic, she's so much better. Do you think the abscess caused the severe liver inflammation? Can a bacterial infection from an abscessed tooth cause severe liver inflammation? If she can keep eating and drinking enough to get the tooth taken care of do you think it will go well?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There is a connection between poor oral hygiene and liver inflammation (among other issues involving the heart and other organs); it is important to treat the dental abscess and to give support to the liver along with supportive and symptomatic care. I cannot give a prognosis since I haven’t made an examination myself, but monitor for improvement and check in with your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bulvi
Himalayan
14 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Weight Loss
Lethargy

Can an rotten tooth cause and infection that brings on jaundice in a cat? Bulvi has a full CBC being done on him because he has jaundice but I just got a look at his teeth and one is bad. He is losing weight and has difficulty eating.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes of jaundice in cats which include infections (bacterial or parasitic), autoimmune disease, liver disease, tumours among other causes; an infected tooth is unlikely to be the cause but it should be extracted to make eating more comfortable. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Just want answers about my cat

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Billybob
Nebelung
9 Years
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

none

Medication Used

Clavaseptin x 10 days (last year)
Clinacin x 10 days (last year)

Hi there, I adopted a 9y/o domestic longhaired cat last year, and at the time, he was treated with a 14 day course of antibiotics for a respiratory infection as well as a right upper canine tooth abscess (unsure how this was diagnosed).

It's been 1 year, and I took him to the vet yesterday for his annual visit, and they commented that the gums around hi right upper canine is still a bit swollen compared to the other side and that an "infection might still be in his tooth". He's been completely fine otherwise for the last year - eating and grooming lots, no drooling or discharge etc. - do you think he can still have a tooth abscess given this time, or could we wait and see if anything changes? And are oral antibiotics effective in this case, or would you still go with dental extraction? Thanks!

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your question. If he has a recurrent infection around that tooth, it is possible that it was dormant and has started to become abscessed again. Oral antibiotics may be effective, but the best way to tell would be to have an x-ray done of that tooth and see if there are signs of damage to the tissues around the tooth. If there are signs of an abscess, dental extraction is one alternative for treatment. There are veterinary dentists who are able to perform root canals in these teeth and save the tooth, but cats don't tend to need those teeth to eat, so many owners opt for extraction. I hope that everything goes well for him!

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Sox
tabby
16 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

swollen face, mucus from nose

My 16 yr old male domestic short hair has been diagnosed with a abscessed tooth and put on antibiotics. He has had a swollen face and mucus coming from his nose. He stopped eating 3 days ago and has stopped cleaning himself. I will not have any money for 2 weeks. Can this wait at all to be extracted?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for contacting us about Sox. It doesn't sound like the infection is responding well to the antibiotics, and the tooth may need to come out sooner. I'm not sure how long he has been on the antibiotics, but if he hasn't eaten in 3 days, you need to get that taken care of sooner than 2 weeks, for sure. There are payment options that many vet clinics take, such as Care Credit, that can be very helpful for unexpected expenses like this. It would be a good idea to call your veterinarian and let them know what is going on and discuss options - they wouldn't want him to suffer while that tooth is bothering him.

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Meka
domestic short hair
16 Years
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

swollen face

My cat has a abses and i am just wondering if i should get her tooth taken out? Meka is 16 and
still eatting but loosing alot of weight. Still active but the mouth does smell and the tooth bleeds every now and again

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Biebs
Burmese
11 Years
Fair condition
1 found helpful
Fair condition

My indoor cat feels fine and yet Im told, that 3 teeth have to be pulled, because of an Abscess. She is not in pain and swollen. She is a 11 year old Burmese. Why would that be necessary ? I don't have extra money to spend, if I don't have to!

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Dental disease is quite common in cats, as they get older. Cats often do not show signs of pain, instinctually, even though they may be in pain. If your veterinarian has determined that she has a dental abscess, she will be better off having that taken care of, then having it ignored until it becomes a problem. i hope that everything goes well for Biebs.

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Penny
Cat
20 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Mouth Pain
Abcsess
Black hard liquid on fur

My cat is 20 years old and has been pawing at the mouth and we think she has an abscess. She has tried cleaning herself but her hair is getting a black liquid on her that hardens and she can not clean it so she is pulling her hair out on her paws. She smells pretty bad and barely can eat food so we have to squish it and give her wet food which she tries to eat. I know it has something to do with her mouth and we tried to open to see it and we saw maybe a black abscess. What should we do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are many different conditions which may affect an elderly cat; abscess, tumours, infections among other issues may make eating painful and at twenty years old we are left with few options. Without examining Penny I cannot say for certain what the cause is, but you should think about visiting your Veterinarian for an examination of the black mass and to determine if there is an appropriate treatment available. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bentley
American
8 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Abcess

I noticed Bentley (8yr old male) was drooling for 1 day and acted like he had pain on the left side of his mouth- had difficulty with wet food but ate crunchy treats. Took him to the vet - they said a tooth was missing/broken and they gave Clavamox 15 ml and pain med, and a treatment plan for extraction. He was lethargic for one day. It has been 3 doses so far of the clavamox and he is his perky self, not drooling, and hungry. I will continue to give clavamox, but will the infection come right back after antibiotic is finished. I need a couple of weeks to save up for extraction and cleaning.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If the tooth is broken, the infection will come back, yes. The antibiotics may give you a couple of weeks to save up, but the procedure likely will need to be done.

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Fenway
domestic medium hair
10 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

swollen gums
Swollen gum

My cat has a swollen gum above his fang tooth. He flinches when I touch the tooth, but is fine when I touch the gum. Do you think it needs pulled or can I put something on the gum.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I cannot say for certain, but it seems that the tooth may need to be extracted if Fenway is exhibiting a pain response when the tooth is touched. You should visit a Veterinarian for an examination to determine whether the tooth can be saved or not. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bagpuss
tabby
18 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Medication Used

Metacam

I have been to the vets and she was given an injection of antibiotics on Monday I called back again for pain relief for her and was given Metacam but she is sleeping nearly all the time not eating,drinking or going to the loo and I am really scared for her is there anything else I can do I have tried giving her water through an oral syrine but that is difficult any ideas please?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Side effects including lethargy and loss of appetite are commonly seen with medications like Metacam (meloxicam) and many different antibiotics; also any pain or discomfort from the abscess may also result in the same symptoms (among others). Without examining Bagpuss I cannot say whether the symptoms are due to the abscess or the medication side effects, however I would recommend returning to your Veterinarian before the weekend to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Little
Calico
18 Years
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

My cat is sneezing with eye drainage but no discharge from her nose. She has big infection in back upper tooth. My question is should she have her Azithromycin before her surgery or her amoxicillin?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Both azithromycin and amoxicillin may be used on a dental abscess, but for treatment and dosage you should speak with your Veterinarian for guidance as I am legally unable to prescribe or recommend any prescription medications without examining a patient first. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Thena
DOMESTIC
19 Years
Moderate condition
-1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Visible abcess

Medication Used

Clavamox antibiotic- oral

I recently discovered an abcess in my 19 year old cat's mouth. She is really too old for surgery and becomes extremely distraught even trying to get her in a cage you go to the vet. I have her on antibiotics which has helped with the sneezing and the swelling has gone down mostly. How long can a cat of this age stay on antibiotics and once stopped will the infection likely return? She is still eating well and acting normal otherwise.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. The swelling will return if the abscess is related to a tooth, most likely. If the abscess was unrelated to a tooth, antibiotics may help resolve the problem. It would be best to discuss longer term care with your veterinarian, as they may be able to help you keep in under control so that Thena doesn't have to have oral surgery.

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Silas
dsh
10 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Sneezing

Medication Used

none

Hello, my 10 year old male cat, Silas, has a lump on the side of his nose. Just noticed this last night. He's is FIV positive since I adopted him as a kitten. Could this lump be part of an auto immune disease? Where the lump is on his face, just under the eye and side of nose, I'm thinking more like an abscess. Your thoughts?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without seeing Silas, or the lump, it is quite difficult to comment on what it might be. An abscess is possible if he has access to the outdoors or other animals, but without examining him, I can not say. It would be best to have him seen by your veterinarian, as they can look at him, and determine the best course of action.

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Tiggy
Cat
1 Year
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Pain

Hi. I think my cat may have an abscess in his tooth. There’s a huge lump on his jaw/neck and I put a cotton swab in his mouth and when I pulled it out it was bloody. We have no money to take him to the vet and I don’t know what to do.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are many causes for vomiting bright red blood (undigested blood), this may be due to conditions including poisoning, gastric ulcers, foreign objects, infections, parasites among many other conditions; you should keep an eye on Willie but without examining him I cannot say what the specific underlying cause is. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Ben
short hair
18 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Dental
Abscess
Bleeding
antibiotics

Medication Used

Clinacin

My 18-yr old cat, Ben, has an abscess around his lower left canine that I didn't do anything about for a while because a) his age and b) he seemed normal (eating, litter, playing, purring, etc.). Now, the abscess has grown significantly, and is bleeding. The vet prescribed Clinacin tabs for the infection but she said the tooth has to be pulled. I have neither the $$ or will power to subject an 18-yr old cat to something that he might not be able to survive (anesthesia). He started to eat again, albeit slowly, and I thought the bleeding had stopped, but I just saw a big streak of blood on the chair where he sleeps, and some on his paw (he must have stepped on it). He's not crying, and when I play with him with his favorite toy, he still reacts like he used to, but he has lost weight, sleeps every minute that he's not eating or using the litter. Is it possible that the Clinacin can reduce (or remove) the abscess, because it seems to be a little smaller but maybe it's my imagination. I also want to be sure that I"m not being selfish by trying to cure this if there in the end is no need to for an 18-yr old cat who has been healthy all his life until now. Thank you.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You should first see how the treatment prescribed goes, once treatment is completed your Veterinarian may suggest further treatment or dental work. Eighteen is old, but what is more important is his overall health including liver and kidney function which considering anaesthesia; this you should discuss with your Veterinarian. Without examining Ben, I cannot determine severity or make any valuable contribution. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Attn: Human who cares for Ben -
1) first of all - good work keeping Ben going for almost two decades !
2) I agree w/ Vet's advice regarding suitability of anesthesia for cats of any age.
I also don't like having any pet (put) 'under,' though from what I understand control of anesthetics is greatly improved, & as a result is safer than years ago. After having expressed my concerns to my veterinarian, I felt a little better about the prospect of sedating my 2 1/2 year old cat.
3) The risk of letting your buddy Ben endure pain indefinitely - any oral pain, & the accompanying infection is not good for his well being, both in terms of the risk of infection spreading, as well as his suffering from living in pain.
I realize he is old, but hey, old dudes are tough. I bet he can survive a brief period of being under a general anesthetic if administered by a competent professional for a relatively brief period of time.
4) after surgically treating the abscess, or extraction of the tooth there will be a day or two of relatively quick recovery, followed by maybe a week of gradual improved overall health (back to 'normal' as it were).
My experience is w/ a much younger cat who has arguably a more severe and more advanced condition. My concerns are similar around sedation; however, with a much younger animal, I wanted to treat his condition aggressively. My cat had concealed his pain for probably at least six months to a year (guessing) . . .
* he ultimately showed discomfort eating; then began retreating to the bedroom, sleeping all the time; started drooling; finally crawled into bed crying one night.
after the ER visit that night, I went to my Vet next day, where we had x-rays to discover multiple abscesses below the gum line. My guy has resorptive lesions, a condition fairly common in cats whereby the body basically re-absorbs it's own teeth, indicated by abscesses; lesions; infection; & pain, lots of pain. Treatment thus far has included the extraction of 3 of his canines, as well as other teeth.
After first procedure, his pain abated; his gum & overall oral health improved greatly, including the disappearance of a black spot which simply resolved in the period of maybe two months; he returned to the happy & healthy playful & purring companion to both me & my other cat.
Additionally, I noted that his body temperature now runs lower than ever in the time I have owned him. I adopted my guy a little over a year ago. I noticed that he was always warmer than my female cat. I didn't think much of it, until after surgery when his body temperature went down. It seems that his body was probably fighting low-grade infection from perhaps even before I adopted. He went back in (& back under) recently. His condition & oral health is so improved that he gets to keep his one remaining canine tooth, at least for the time being. Instead of having it pulled, the team gave his (remaining) teeth a good cleaning.
I have no regrets about the decisions I have made for my young cat. I hope my cats live as long as Ben has. Decisions around surgery / anesthesia are personal, and can be scary. I believe it's really about overall health, first and foremost, followed by quality of life. You gotta ask yourself does Ben deserve to be bleeding; escaping pain by sleeping constantly; hurting emotionally.
Cats can still consume (softer) food w/o many teeth. Risks of infection can be a greater threat to life than well controlled anesthesia. A Healthy Happy Ben Again would be Awesome. It would be cool to take him to 20 years of age, provided he enjoys an enviable quality of life !
Respectfully, Peter E

I share with you my guy's experience in hopes that it benefits you, if not Ben directly. (and of course anyone else out there in a similar situation).
*psst: reminders for all y'all:
1) check pets' temperature, as it can be a sign of infection or disease
2) get x-rays to see what's going on below the gum-line or internally
3) blood tests can also help ascertain what is going on inside pets
4) provide pets w/ relief from pain, as well as illness

Please don’t leave him in pain. I know you love him but he is going thru same pain you would with huge abscess in your mouth! Yes he endures but he is making best of it. Put him down with love if you cant pull that tooth hun.

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bobbles
British Shorthair
15 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Limping
Lump
Hair Loss
Swelling
Loss of Appetite

Medication Used

buprecare
clindaseptin

My cat has an abscess on the left side of his face. We took him to the vet, and they said its an infected tooth & it should go away by itself.. (they couldn't remove it because he has CKD & if he was to to go under any anaesthetic he would die.) they gave him some antibiotics to take home & some sort of medicine for his gums in a syringe. It has been over 2 weeks, the swelling had gone down, but I feel like its getting worse again.. it doesn't look like its getting better. We have also had to change his diet too as his kidneys are weak.. Can anyone recommend any sort of home treatments? Or will this abscess eventually burst on its own? I'm so worried for him.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are no real home treatments for this, it is a case of giving antibiotics and monitoring for improvement since there is an infection present. If you started to notice improvement on antibiotics, it may be a case that Bobbles may require another course or a review of treatment. However, you should return to your Veterinarian for another examination regardless. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Chan
Blackpamther
9 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

BadBreath
Stopted eatinf and drinking smelly
bad breath

Hi my cat hasent been very well for 5 days he stopted eating and dribking we notice yesterday hes leaking puss and his chest and feet are soakdd iv wipes it and its all yellow on baby wipes iv just looked inside his mouth and one side of this rong is briht red i think he may have an abses or somthing

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. You may be right - it seems that Chan needs to see a veterinarian as soon as possible to determine what is going on with him, and how best to treat it. Your veterinarian will be able to give him a thorough physical exam, and figure out how to treat him. I hope that he is okay.

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Tazz
domestic short hair
14 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

swollen

Medication Used

Clindamycin Hydrochloride

My 14 yr old cat Tazz had a swollen cheek when I got home from work Monday morning. I immediately brought him to the vet to have what I think is an abscessed tooth looked at. The next morning they told me he has a fever so they started him on antibiotics (Clinamycin). I was told to pick him up and give him a 10 day round of the antibiotics and then bring him back to have it treated. I'm concerned about the abscess bursting. It's even bigger then it was this morning. They didn't drain the abscess. Is it safe or necessary to wait a whole ten days to address this again?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Depending on the degree of infection, it might not be okay to wait 10 days for a recheck. If Tazz's face seems more swollen, it would best to have him rechecked by your veterinarian, as they will be able to assess him and decide if further care is needed. I hope that everything goes well for him.

Thank you!

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Dora
Gray domestic
6 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Laying in litter box, tooth abscess

Female 6 year old car has a tooth abscess, appointment is .
made for 2 weeks from now (29th), however, she has began laying in her litter box. What could be the problem and what can i do to help her until her surgery?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You should return to your Veterinarian as lying in the litter tray can be an indication of fever since the litter in the tray can feel cool to lay on; you should have Dora checked to make sure the dental abscess hasn’t spread causing other issues around the body. There isn’t anything I can recommend for you at this time since I am concerned about the possibility of a high fever. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Magi
domestic short hair
16 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Drooling
Tooth pain
Sneezing

My 16 year old cat's 2 front teeth are bothering him. He still eats (just sloppily) hard food and drinks fine. His breath wreaks of blood and he sneezes now and again. He drools and sticks his tongue out.

That said, he is 16 and has a slight heart murmer. He doesn't do well with going "into the outs" to go to the vet and we are talking $600 + to have the teeth removed.

Is there an alternative to surgery for him? He is still eating and drinking but, I hate to know he is in any kind of pain. That said, I also hate to think of taking the risk of him not making it through the surgery either .... :(

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. If Magi is having dental pain, there really isn't any alternative to having those teeth taken care of. I'd imagine that part of the cost of the dental procedure is for lab work to make sure that he is generally healthy, so that you can feel better about the anesthesia and risks. If you aren't sure about the procedure, it would be best to talk with your veterinarian, as they can discuss risks and benefits with you, but nobody should have to suffer with dental pain. I hope that everything goes well for him!

Take Magi to another vet and ask them not to send off any lab work, just pull the darn tooth and prescribe antibiotics, that is much less money

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Sammie
Domestic house cat
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargy

My cat developed a large lump on right side of his face. He is rarely outside so Im positive it is not any kind of bite. I took him to the vet & they let me know it was an abcess and gave him an antibiotic which worked for 3 weeks. But now the lump is back and bigger than before. Is it a tooth or cheeck abcess? What's the difference between the two?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Tooth roots can abscess, and can be difficult to see without x-rays. Skin abscesses can occur where they do need surgery to drain if they are not responsive to antibiotics. Since the problem has returned, Sammie may need further diagnostics to see what is at the root of this problem. Your veterinarian will be able to examine him, see what might need to be done, and give him any treatment that he may need.

I am takimg him back in to the vet tomorrow morning, thank you so much for your time.☺

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Ray
Orange tabby
17 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

swollen face
Lethargic

Medication Used

Clavamox antibiotic- oral

Does my cat have to have xrays when removing an abscess? She is 17 yrs old and probably needs several teeth removed. I am trying to be conservative with money. Thank you

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Whilst dental x-rays are not (always) required to diagnose dental abscesses, they are important as an indicator for the extent and size of an abscess and to assess the health of the underlying jaw; also if an x-ray has been taken, it can be compared with another x-ray in the future. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My cats mouth is extremely swollen and there are large white masses on both sides. He won't eat and only drinks small amounts. I don't have the money to take him to see a vet. Is there anything I can do at home to alleviate his discomfort.

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