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What is Tooth Removal?

Tooth removal in the cat is commonly undertaken in first opinion practice as a means of managing dental pain from damaged teeth. It requires a full general anesthetic and careful postoperative pain management. In addition, because of the complex way feline teeth are firmly attached and the invasive techniques necessary to remove them, tooth removal in the cat is considered an act of veterinary surgery, 

The vast majority of dental extractions are undertaken as a result of advanced dental disease. The latter is preventable with regular tooth brushing, in the same way brushing is beneficial for our dental health.

Tooth Removal Procedure in Cats

Once dental disease is identified, the cat is assessed for fitness for a general anesthetic. This includes screening blood tests, and in older patients intravenous fluids may be necessary to protect kidney function. If a dental abscess or gingivitis is present, the clinician may prescribe antibiotics prior to the extractions. 

Once anesthetized, dental radiographs are taken to check for complications such as lesions below the gum line or disease of the jaw bone. The clinician systematically probes all the teeth and gingival pockets, to check for issues not evident in the conscious cat. 

Depending on which teeth need removing, different techniques are used. For difficult removals this involves creating a flap of gum over the tooth root and lifting the flap to expose the jawbone. A high-speed bur then grinds away the bone overlying the root. In multi-rooted teeth the tooth is sectioned using a high-speed cutting bit. Then a sharp dental elevator is inserted between the tooth root and the socket in order to break down the ligaments holding the tooth in place. Only once the tooth is loose will the clinician use extractors to twist and pull the tooth out. 

Where a flap of gum was created, this is replaced and sutured so to seal off the socket. 

Efficacy of Tooth Removal in Cats

Tooth removal is permanent and non-reversible. It is however extremely effective at removing a constant source of discomfort and pain from a diseased tooth. 

Alternatives to tooth removal include orthodontic treatments including root canal therapy or fillings. However, these are not widely used in first opinion practice and mainly the domain of veterinary dental specialists. Those cases going forward for orthodontic therapy need careful selection, since it is not appropriate to use such advanced techniques unless the owner then commits to daily tooth brushing. 

Tooth Removal Recovery in Cats

Gum healing takes approximately 10 to 14 days, and the judicious use of gum flaps can greatly increase the cat's comfort during this time. Good pain relief during the procedure reduces postoperative discomfort, but for extensive removals pain relief is advisable for several days. 

After having teeth removed most cats find it easier to lap liquid recovery diets or eat soft food. However, some cats are adept at scooping up biscuits and swallowing them whole, so don't discount kibble as an option.

Most patients are recalled for a postoperative check 2 to 3 days after their surgery. At this stage, the vet checks the gums are healing, there is no infection, and the cat is comfortable. Appropriate action can be taken if complications have arisen. The cat is then checked a week later and, if all has gone well, signed off.

Cost of Tooth Removal in Cats

Dental surgery in the cat takes expertise and time. In part, the cost of tooth removal reflects the time needed, with a single canine tooth taking 40 to 60 minutes to remove successfully. Add in the cost of intravenous fluids and general anesthetic, and the invoice starts to climb. 

Whilst basic dental descales under anesthesia can cost as little as $120, this rises considerably depending if a number of extractions are required. It is not unusual for complex or multiple extractions to cost $600 - $750, including dental radiographs. 

Referral to a veterinary dentist incurs a specialist consultation fee, around $110 - $220, with screening test and a descale costing around $630. The fee for complex orthodontics is proportionately higher and liable to reach four figures. 

Cat Tooth Removal Considerations

Dental extractions are not without the risk of complications. Feline teeth have long deep roots, and unfortunately a fistula (a hole or tract) may develop between the mouth and the nasal cavity. This may then need corrective surgery further down the line, in order move a flap of gum to fill the hole. 

Teeth sockets are well supplied with blood, and hemorrhage can be another complication. Part of the preoperative assessment is to look for factors that could predispose to clotting problems. In rare situations, when the sockets bleed once the cat is awake, a repeat anesthetic to control the hemorrhage may be necessary. 

However, the good news is that once the mouth has healed, most cats do very well indeed and are much better able to eat than with diseased teeth. 

Tooth Removal Prevention in Cats

Good dental hygiene is key to preventing the need for extractions. This is achievable through a combination of strategies: 

  • Tooth Brushing: Daily tooth brushing with a pet toothpaste is strongly recommended. This removes the food debris which leads to plaque deposition on the surface enamel, which in time hardens to tartar
  • Dental Foods: Special dental kibble biscuits mimic a tooth brushing action and slow up the deposition of plaque on the surface of the teeth
  • Dental Treats and Chews: Again, these are designed to scrub the surface of the tooth as the cat chews on them. 
  • Food or Water Additives: Certain seaweed-based additives appear to be beneficial at reducing plaque formation on the teeth. 

In addition six-monthly dental checks by a vet are advisable. This facilitates the early detection of problems, so that they can be treated early and reduce the risk of deterioration leading to dental extractions. 

As well as reducing unnecessary pain and discomfort, good dental hygiene also promotes fresh breath: a bonus for any cat owner! It should also be noted that whilst tooth removal solves the problem with that particular tooth, unless measures are taken to improve dental health, the repeat situation could arise in the future with a different tooth. 

Tooth Removal Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Lion
Domestic long hair
9 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

not deffacating
Bloated belly
Dehydration
Not Eating
Not urinating
Lethargy

Lion had some teeth removed and the rest cleaned. It has been a week and he is very dehydrated even though he is drinking water. He hasn't been eating either and I have been forcing liquidized food through a syringe every other day. He hasn't used the litter box since then either. His belly looks swollen and he has now stopped drinking water. Does anethesia sometime shut thier body down? Also the vet didn't make a follow-up visit or give any pain pills. Help.

Take your pet to an ER immediately, or call your vet to make an emergency appointment. I do not believe anesthesia shuts their body down. If he's not using the litter box it could indicate a severe UTI. This can cause his kidneys and liver to burst and shut down. This is most probably a pre existing condition.

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Beebee
Domestic shorthair
10 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Irritated lip, raw lip

My kitty had one top canine removed and one bottom canine removed on opposite sides making her a bit lop sided which is OK however the remaining top canine has started irritating her bottom lip where the lower canine had been extracted. Any advice? Should I get that top canine removed also to prevent it digging into her bottom lip?

one of my male cats had his top left fang removed...the bottome fang jabbbed the top lip causing it to be a open small wound..but after about a month it calloused and he is fine now.. im glad i didnt have the lower one removed...

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George
tabby
5 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Loss of Balance

My cat recently had several teeth pulled. After surgery for about a week his balance was off and he was walking sideways. He now is walking fine and eats and drinks fine. But he does have a brown hard discharge coming out of his mouth with a strong oder.

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Bub bubs
Wild cat
11 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Tooth Ache
Tooth pain

Our vets are fab and our cat went into surgery that was stopped as cat died underneath anesethic .. bought back
He is 11years , his bloods show kidney failure .. since home he's been eating more and more and eyes bright coat better he's gained some weight too ..
Is there any other way to deal with this tooth without anesethic ? He is now sitting what seems ' crunching ' at this side of mouth where the back tooth is .. lifting up his mouth at one side too so can see his teeth
He against all odds seems happy besides this and determined to be outside being fully active as he never stops always walking around and loves freedom .. but how can I help him with this tooth that was not able to be removed .. is there anything else I can do for him .. please email
Back too on [email protected] incase I loose this page as mobile sometimes is inpredicatable thank you

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Fudge
mixed
12 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Broken teeth absess? Bad breath

I have to decide soon on wether to spend 700 pluss on dental for my 12 1/2 year old cat .what should I do .His age is a consideration .should I put him through this or not 😧😢😢😢

My cat is 13 and had his first dental experience on November 30. The vet saw 1 chipped tooth and needed to check. Turns out he needed 3 teeth out. It was very traumatic for him (and a little for me), but he's healed up great and is like a whole new cat: Friendlier, eating more. I thought it was worth it in the end.

My cat is now 10 years and he has to have all of his teeth pulled. the teeth are very infected and my cat is in pain. I can see it in his eyes he is upset.
I applied for Care Credit they are a banking company who helps people pay for cat medical needs. I was approved for everything my cat needs
Why keep your cat at any age and not take care of them. they are your fur baby and you made a promise to love and care for them all their lives. They can live up to over 20

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Precious
Unknown
10 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

nasal snoring sounds

About 2 months ago our cat Precious had 6 teeth extracted. He eats well however he has alot of nasal noise when breathing. Sounds like snoring. We took him back to a different vet due to not feeling confident in the first vet. The second vet gave us a liquid antibiotic for 7 days and some shots. Precious still had nasal problems we returned to vet who gave us 2 more weeks of antibiotics and steriod shots and a breathing treatment. The vet said maybe a vaporizor at night might help (which doesn't seem to make a difference). Precious is always hungry which we give him wet food and he always has dry food available. He drinks water, and doesn't seem to have any urniary or bowel movement problems. Any ideas???

My cat had all his teeth removed and also has nasal congestion and went blind 2 weeks after.

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Peanut
domestic short hair
4 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Extractions

My cat just had 7 of his teeth extracted due to what the vet called a very severe periodontal disease. It looks like his bottom two canines were taken out along with some towards the back and in the sides. My vet assured me that he would be able to eat normally once healed,evendrdyd kibble. It seems hard for me to believe though, I know I would have a hardtimie eating without teeth. I trust my vet, but still feel scared for my cat. Will he still have a normal life and feel fine after he is all healed? Thanks!

Absolutely! My cat had all his teeth removed due to having stomatitis (he is allergic to plaque on his teeth). He eats dry food all the time! Their dry food is small enough that they can swallow it whole. My cat has had his teeth out for several years, and I swear he doesn't even know it. :)

I had an Abyssinian who lost all his teeth except for one fang. He never had any problems eating - and his sole diet was crunchies.....I don't know how he did it, but you could hear him crunching away!

I just had a 10 year old Egyptian Mau lose 13 teeth, one a fang....it was two days ago and he is miserable and I cannot get the pain killer med down his gullet - opening his mouth hurts apparently and he bolts

Definitely! Cats do very well with very few teeth. We had several of our cat Twinkle's teeth removed when she was a young cat due to what our current vet believes was probably stomatitis, though the vet then didn't mention that...just mentioned the teeth were bad and needed to come out. Twinkle lived to a ripe old age of 17 or 18 eating predominantly dry food...though she got some wet food, especially in her older age as she needed meds for other issues and they were easier to give mixed with Science Diet AD and some water via syringe.

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Panda
Mix
17 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Nose bleed

Panda has bloody sinus discharge for 2 months and she is very congested and losing weight, after being treated with 3 different antibiotics and none had worked, the vet recommended to have her teeth cleaned to see if bad teeth caused the issue. I took her in for the cleaning yesterday, and she ended up having 4 teeth removed including one canine. The vet also did x-ray to ensure she doesn't have a tumor in her nose. As soon as I brought her back home she wanted water and food, but I held off the food as vet has advised until the evening. She is lapping up watered down pate, not a lot but she will eat through out the day, and she goes to bathroom normally. She is on pain med for 3 days and antibiotics for 10 days. Right after the surgery she has fresh bloody discharge from her nose. I'm hoping she will recover soon and this will also fix her nose issue.

I have a cat , we found out is half bobcat and half regular cat. He is beautiful and great but he will not let you hold him or him without biting ferociously. He draws blood and is not a pleasure can we remove his two top teeth and two lower teeth to have a real cat that is loving. We spoil him rotton. Yet no matter what he bites and bites until your bleeding. HELP

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Pixie
tabby
15 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Just as described

Medication Used

Loxicom anti inflamatory

My cat, Pixie, will be 15 in four weeks time, over the last few years has had quite a lot of teeth extracted, she now has no molars as she had the last six out at the end of 2017. Ten days ago she had two canines extracted with dissolvable stitches, since then she had not got back to her usual self and is eating spasmodically, she didn't eat much yesterday then last night I shared a tin of tuna with her that is usual for a Thursday evening. She ate it all but in three visits to her bowl, not the usual down in one and only taking five minutes. Before I went to bed I gave her 1/3 of a packet of soft food with tuna and cod and she ate all that with gusto. She got my partner up at 6.am this morning and he gave her 1/2 pack of meat with gravy, he went back to bed, when he got up again he gave her the rest of it but she hasn't eaten anything since then and she has slept most of the day. Life for us has been like this since the operation, some days she seems fine and eats enough, other days she's like she's been today. I have read that it can take 14 days for a complete recovery. I am very worried as I don't really want to take her back to the vets, for one there's the cost but more importantly, she get so upset and stressed but I really want to do what's best. Should I leave her see how she goes on over the next few days or she I get her back to the vet.

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Ahri
domestic short hair
8 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Pain, Inflammation

Medication Used

Buprenorphine

I adopted my kitten from a shelter. At around 6 months old the vet noted that her gums were somewhat irritated, and recommended t/d food (to help control plaque). Fast forward two months and she has become very sensitive to biting with head shaking, pawing, and obvious signs of pain/discomfort. Took her to a different vet (one I am much happier with). Upon thorough examination of her painful mouth, he determined that she has stomatitis. She was administered an antibiotic and mild pain meds. He did go as far as to say that the best course of action would be a near complete teeth extraction (perhaps able to save her incisors since they are not inflamed). Obviously this is a pretty serious diagnosis, and expensive as well. I have no problem doing what needs to be done to make her more comfortable... nor am I in any way discrediting my veterinarian's opinion. However.. My question is - is it possible in this situation to save some of her teeth? Is there anything I should try before jumping down the path of surgery? She has been eating fine and grooming regularly ... however she definitely doesn't play fetch as much anymore!

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Pepper
mixed
8 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

see above

I am looking for advice: On 2/8/2019 I took my cat to update her vaccinations. She also had an abscess evaluated that resulted in returning to the vet on 2/12/2019 to have 4 teeth extracted; described on the bill as: Extract Carnassial Routine, ExtractPremolar/Molar 2 Root Routine, Extract Premolar/Molar 3 Root Routine. On the date of vaccination and evaluation, 2/8/19 she was given a 2 week antibiotic shot. I brought her home the evening of the 12th. She has done very well, and I did not give her any pain medication. However, in the past 2 days, which is 11 days post surgery she is not doing well. Her walk is slow and wobbly, she stays secluded, and her hind legs seem weak. Normally she follows me all around from the time I get up, to when I go to bed. She won't jump on my bed, but stays in a little bed under the bed. If I lay on the floor nearby and call her, she will come slowly out and lay on my chest letting me pet her. It appears she is still eating, and I brought her water dish to her tonight from its regular spot and put in front of her. She drank quite a bit. Likely I will need to take her to back to the vet by tomorrow, or when they can get her in if she has not improved, but am looking for any hope that this might be something that she will "get over it". It is a real rodeo to get her into a carrier, and of course the initial expense was quite a bit. I will do what needs to be done. Any advice? Thank you

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Twiggy
Burmese
6 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargy

Twiggy, 6 year old female burmese, had six teeth removed two weeks ago - had new laser treatment to seal the gums which seems to have worked well. Metacam for eleven days, now stopped. Seems not to be in pain.
We have been back to the vet a couple of times due to lack of eating and lethargy. Nothing positive to go on. She licks food but crunches biscuits ! so feel she is probably getting sufficient food (and water) but the lethergy continues ..... walking slowly, sleeps more than normal, has all the basic 'functions' still there but just doesn't seem herself, bit zombie like ? Will she get over this - albeit slowly ?

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Bubba
DOMESTIC
5 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Loss of Appetite

Full mouth teeth removal due to Stomatitis. He’s 5 years old. Genetically this is not reversible. Only way to live a completely healthy long life. He’s doing amazing 😉 seems so happy 😃

Omg my cat is having this done tomorrow and I am so nervous she has horrible stomatitis was your cat in a lot of pain afterwards

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Biscuit
tabby
9 Months
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

My 9 month old kitten had to have his upper left fang removed. He came home from the vet with a failed flap. I told them after surgery costs I'm broke now, so they suggested I use this solution they gave me and abrasive gauze pads to keep it clean and promote healing by making it bleed twice a day and to see after 2 weeks if it has improved. I'm curious what it would have entailed to remedy the issue, if I did have the funds. More surgery and stitches? Would it be a guaranteed fix? I just want to understand the procedure, risks and if what I'm doing is ok. Smallest chance of dry socket, as they replaced the tooth with synthetic. I do not trust my vet after several experiences I've had recently. But don't have many options due to cost.

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Garfield
American Short Hair
9 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargy

My cat Garfield got two teeth extracted and the rest were cleaned. Yesterday he ate his wet food and dry kibble. But today he doesn't seem to be himself. Just laying around and not doing much. The vet did not send any meds home with him. He stated that he gave him a long lasting med the day of the surgery. Does it really take 14 days to heal? He just sits there and does not come to you like normal. Please help...
Worried Mamma

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Gus
British Shorthair
2 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

bad breath
Bleeding gums

Gus seemed his fine normal self until we found blood in his dish after he was eating the other day. I took him to the vet straight away and she said he had a really bad case of stomatitis and needed surgery as soon as possible. I can’t understand it because he is still eager to eat his food and shows no sign of pain. She said a full tooth extraction is the best option for him. When she examined him his mouth looked terribly sore and the vet looked horrified. They have booked him in for a complete tooth extraction next Friday but I am really panicking. Is it too extreme? Is it safe?

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Magic
American Shorthair
7 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Drooling
Pain
Licking at Genitals
Licking

My cat had five teeth removed about 2 1/2 weeks ago, and I had to go out of town. He was watched by a cat sitter during that period of time. When I got back, I noticed blood on his sheet that he likes to sleep on, so I called the doctor as we had a follow up appointment scheduled. When I got to the vet, he noticed a large bloody scab on my cat’s stomach, along with an open wound in one of the areas where one of his teeth were removed.

Do you think my cat licked himself until his stomach was raw? Why? Because I was out of town or stress from surgery, pain, or all of the above?

Will his mouth ever heal? He drools a lot after surgery and I’m sure he is in pain since the gum hasn’t healed properly. It’s been about 3 weeks now.

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Solaire
Domestic long hair
6 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

bad breath

My kitty recently went in for a routine preventative teeth cleaning and due to negligence by the vet and her staff, he ended up having to have one of his canines pulled. His surgery was 5 days ago and beginning yesterday, there has been a mildly unpleasant smell coming from his mouth that does not seem to be going away. He has been low energy since the procedure but has not been refusing food. Is this normal after an extraction or is this a sign of an infection?

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Sterling
Oriental
12 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

bloody snot
Snoring
Sneezing

My 12 yo cat had two upper and one lower canines removed due to them being infected (orientals often have dental issues). 3 weeks later he is still sneezing and snoring, being congested. Vet recommends humidifier, but nothing seems to help. He is not eating too good, only some pate'd food. What can I do to make his sinuses uncongested?

Sneezing his head off now for weeks. This is after having three teeth removed. One eyes pupil is half the size of the other! What’s going on? I’ve taken back to the vet 4 times he’s on antibiotics it still no improvement.
Sounds like the sneezing was happening with your cat too. Did you get it resolved?

My cat is 18 was healthy until he had dental surgery. Now going on a month after removal. His right eyes pupil is half the size as the other. He’s still sneezing his head off to the point of almost knocking himself over. He first had a shot of antibiotics that was supposed help for 2 weeks. Then put on liquid antibiotics. Now on for another week. Still sneezing. Help my poor boy.

My cat had full mouth dental extractions and went blind and nasal congestion is severe. Nothing seems to work!

Why aren't the professionals who put up this page not answering questions in a timely manner? We cat lovers are extremely concerned about our cats' health, and we can't wait for answers that come months afterwards! We read everyone's questions and concerns for hints to what may be happening to our cats, or what may happen in the future if we go down a certain path!

I agree with Cynthia W. I find very few responses from the professionals here.

After all we are trying to get help for our pets and I thought this was the reason for this page.

My cat is due for dental extraction due to Stomatitis on this coming Wed.

I find others with problems, but no help. I’d like to have some clinical expertise as to what to expect and what his prognosis is likely to be.

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Louie
Mix
7 Years
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

bad breath
Eye Infection
drainage

It was recommended that I get my cat’s tooth extracted. He told me that there was a chance that he would form an abscess down the line. But, I had to have my cat put under for another operation a couple years ago and he has an extremely hard time coming to after the anesthesia. What should I do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You should discuss the anaesthesia options with your Veterinarian, there are many different combinations of anaesthetic agents available and Louie may respond well to a different combination; express your concerns with your Veterinarian and have them review the notes from the previous surgery. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Stinker
Burmese
12 Years
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

bad breath

Hi I have a 12 year old male desexed cat. I have just taken him to the vets and they've told me he has decayed teeth which need to be taken out. Being 12 would there be more risk involved with him being put under to have the operation as apposed to a younger cat. Also would the stress be too much and being old would it be better to leave it? He doesn't particularly show any signs of pain, except he rubs the side of his mouth on his paw.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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It is quite common for older animals to have to go under an anesthetic for a dental procedure, and your veterinarian can run some pre-anesthetic blood work to make sure that Stinker is healthy for the anesthetic. Dental disease is quite painful for cats, even though they don't typically show the signs, as that is against their nature. If he is rubbing his mouth, that is most likely his way of telling you that it hurts. I hope that all goes well for him.

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Buddie
Tonkinese
4 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

My 4year old Tonkinese cat had 13 teeth extracted today, he’s not doing to well atm it’s only been a couple hours tho!
I’d like to know all the do’s an don’ts cause I wasn’t able to collect him from vet (sister had to, due to work commitments) he’s a pain Patch on his leg when should I take if off?
When Can I feed him?

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Chio
Felix type
12 Years
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Tooth extraction.

Chio is a homeless cat I started to feed because she meowed at me and looked real skinny. Anyway, she had trounle eating. Cut to thefinish,., Too to vet, gave antibiotics, checked blood etc, ok She is booked for tooth extraction 4pm. Until what timecan she eat? Thankyou

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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We generally recommend withholding food for twelve hours before any general anaesthesia and withholding water for six hours; although this may vary depending on any underlying conditions. If you have questions, you should consult your Veterinarian by phone as they should have given you instructions before you left. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Fred
domestic short hair
10 Years
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Odor
Swelling

Hello! Within the past year my 10 year old cat had an abscess tooth removed. Lately his gums have been a little swollen but today the right side of his mouth looked far more swollen. When I looked in his mouth at his gum it was white (kind of like a canker sore) and smelled. He doesn’t seem to be too bothered by it and wasn’t meowing when I looked at it. Should we wait it out (like I would for a canker sore for myself)or does he need to be seen immediately?

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Simon
domestic short hair
14 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

none

My kitty is already under anesthesia getting his teeth cleaned. Vet called and said he had 5 that need removal and quoted me $1400.00 That sort of blew my socks off. Is this a normal price.
Told them not at this time. Too much money. Said she would give us a gel to put on his gums to hopefully bring the gums back up to tooth. Does this sound too much?

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Mater
American Short Hair
12 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

My 12 year old cat had 1 tooth extracted a week ago today, his back right side. He was very anxious after the procedure and paced for 2 1/2 days, he is better now in that department. He hates canned food (I have tried several times) and only eats chicken flavor. So the orders of the vet he is to eat soft foods for 2 weeks and I wet down his food, he finally ate after 3 days of no eating and did for 3 more days. Now he will not touch his food. I gave him some of his treats because of no eating and he ate that.I gave him a couple of his food not watered down and he ate that. Is it ok to do that? He has to eat and I am running out of options. How far is his extraction healed at this point?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If Mater had the tooth extracted a week ago, he should be healed by now, and your veterinarian may need to take x-rays to see if there is a retained root that is causing him pain. You are right, he does need to eat, and whatever he will eat at this point, watered down or not, is fine.

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Mia
Stray cat
4 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Scars (holes) in his upper lip.

Medication Used

Metacam

My cat had his upper canines removed 4 days ago. Today we’ve noticed that he was not able to close his mouth and it’s because his lower canines were poking or stinging his upper lip. Since he doesn’t have the upper ones the lower canines pierce his upper lip and now he has holes and the canine sometimes get stuck in the holes that were provoked by his lower ones.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If there are issues from the removal of the upper canines, you should return to your Veterinarian for an examination since it may be a case that the lower canines will also need to be removed if they are causing an issue. Without examining Mia myself I cannot say for certain whether they need to come out or not. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Strider
short hair
3 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Mouth Pain

Medication Used

steroids

My 3 year old cat has been diagnosed with stomatitis. The vet said that the teeth were not loose but the guns were very inflamed and "brittle." So they did not do any extractions then. He got a cleaning and steroids and antibiotics. He felt better for a few weeks. Now the pain is back and I am wondering if the regular vet can handle extractions or should I look for a specialist? What questions should I ask when deciding on a specialist?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You should return to your Veterinarian for a follow up examination and if there are loose teeth you may want to think about getting some dental x-rays done to look below the gumline before deciding on a course of action. Your regular Veterinarian should be able to handle this, but discuss with them your options and whether a Specialist is needed if there are just going to be simple extractions. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Korey
Long hair domestic
10 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

slight drooling
Rubbing face against things
Slightly swollen face

My 10 year old cat just got one tooth extracted yesterda He's purring and eating the wet food and playing with out kitten. But I noticing him rubbing his face against the door way and against my hands/face when sleeping. Could it just be the healing , should I be concerned, or should I make him stop.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Tooth extraction is painful and Korey will feel some discomfort for a period of time, you should keep an eye on him and monitor for improvement but if he continues to show signs of pain after a few days you should speak with your Veterinarian about pain relief; depending on the tooth which was extracted it may take more than a week to heal. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Jase
DOMESTIC
4 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Gingivitis

My 4 year old cat has had bad breath since I adopted him 3 years ago. I took him to the vet for a check up and the vet said that my cat has gingivostomatitis. She wanted to have a few of his teeth removed but I’m very hesitant to that. He’s never had a problem with eating or drinking. I sometimes catch him pawing at his mouth. He has never been much of a good groomer. Should I just get him a dental cleaning or should I go straight forward with the tooth extractions?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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You can try to have his teeth cleaned and see if it improves his disease along with medical treatment, but many cats with this disease to need to have all of the teeth removed. If he has diseased teeth that need to be extracted, that is a different thing, and those should be taken out - pawing at the mouth is a sign of pain, and that inflammation can become so bad that they can't eat.

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Manny
dsh
11 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen mouth
Lethargic, not eating
lethargic,

Medication Used

Onsior

My 11 year old cat had 7 teeth removed on August 6. He ate good when he got home, he ate a little bit the next day and is eating less today. He is on a 3 day regimen of painkillers. His mouth looks swollen. He will smell the food but will not eat. I have tried his usual canned, dry food marinated in chicken juice, is 7 too many to be removed at once? When will he be himself? He is sleeping 24 hours a day and only wakes up a couple times. I am worried about dehydration.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is best to get as many teeth out in one go as opposed to having multiple anaesthesia cycles, however it can be painful especially if the teeth didn’t come out easily. You should ensure that Manny is kept hydrated even if you need to syringe a little water regularly into the mouth. However if he is not eating or drinking at all you should visit your Veterinarian before the weekend to be on the safe side and to get fluids if dehydrated. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Diego
domestic short hair
16 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Making loud noises in litter box

My cat had 6 teeth pulled Friday, he is eating just fine. But Saturday he made loud noises going to the bathroom. I only saw urine. Then today Tuesday he made the noises again and saw his stool was loose. Could this be from anesthesia? Antibiotic shot? Buprenorphine? How long should this last and when do I need to worry and take him to vet? He act fine, eats and drinks fine. Only makes noise in litter box.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Diego is only having issues in the litter tray, I would keep a close eye on him for the time being; but if he is vocalising a lot of pain and is otherwise uncomfortable you should return to your Veterinarian to be on the safe side. Sometimes there can be a few side effects from medication or the stress of the journey but we normally see these soon after the procedure. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Milo
dsh
7 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

red and swollen gum

I just took my cat to the vet for the first time after adopting him about six months ago. The vet recommended that one of his big front fangs be pulled because the gum is inflamed. He is also missing some of his other small teeth, which I suspected but assumed was fine as it has not affected his eating (he is gaining weight).

I would already be nervous about the tooth extraction because of anathesia but turns out he also has a heart murmur and so a visit to a cardiologist would be recommended before the extraction. All of this has me very stressed out, both because I am worried about my cat and because I cannot afford things like a cardiologist. I don't know what to do. For now, he has antibiotics for the inflammation and is eating and behaving normally.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If the Veterinarian has recommended a Cardiologist prior to anaesthesia, it is something you should do as I cannot comment without examining Milo myself; in cases of heart murmurs, many times cats will be fine with surgery but it is important to be on the safe side and to ensure all precautions are made. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Tazx
Himalayan
22 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Abcess upper right under tooth.

What are the chances a 22 yr old cat recovets from dental abcess surgery tooth is dolid. Abcess under puffs up whole face. Antibiotic shots and draining work for a few weeks bit comes back. Surgery is expensive and he is 22. Is it alot to put him through? Will he likely recover. In pretty good shape gor his age

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Remember, I haven’t examined Taz, but I generally wouldn’t recommend surgery for a 22 year old cat since the risk:benefit balance wouldn’t be in his favour since the stress of the surgery and anaesthesia as well as recovery times would be prolonged. However, any surgery would be down to the discretion of your Veterinarian based on their judgement of Taz’s overall health. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Luna
Domestic Short haired
2 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Fractured Tooth

I’m super in a panic but finally calmed myself, my cat chipped her canine tooth pretty bad I’d say more than 1/4 is taken off the tip and it extends chipped upwards toward the back, I see layers so I already know that’s bad and I’ll be calling vets all day tomorrow until I get her in, it’s been two days since I noticed and it’s been scaring me reading things online, I trust this website, I wanted to know how a professional thinks a tooth extraction vs root canal is different in long term thoughts? I have read extensively online about this and I will get an answer from a vet but I’ve been looking at vet hospitals’ websites and tooth extraction seems to be the only thing they offer, I also read up on something about nerves being attached to their nose or something? I’ll clarify this all tomorrow but it’s late and I’m just worried and need answers

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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There are options for dentistry in cats, and you will have a choice. Most people elect to have damaged teeth removed, as cats do very well with fewer teeth and can survive quite well. Having the teeth removed is less expensive, but the tooth is gone. With canine teeth in cats, there is a possibility for a communication to occur between the hole where the tooth comes out and the nasal passages, but those are uncommon in cats. If you do want to have a root canal, you would need to find a dental specialist, and your veterinarian can refer you to one, and they would be able to save the tooth, although it would probably cost more.

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Molly
British Shorthair
12 Years
Moderate condition
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My cat just got back from her annual vaccinations and the vet has said that she should have 4 teeth extracted because her gums are bleeding. I am apprehensive about general anaesthesia because my other cat died after having it for a common nose "flushing" procedure. I'm also slightly annoyed that whenever we take her in, the vet seems to find other things that desperately need doing which ultimately result in more money for the surgery. I have read about the complications that can arise with this type of surgery, let alone the anaesthesia, and would like to know whether extraction should be a last resort and therefore whether there is anything else that can be done, first, to try and save the teeth rather than just have them out. Apart from some weight loss, which the vet has reported, compared to this time last year, she shows no signs of discomfort in her every day life.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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It is fairly common for cats to need to have teeth extracted as they get older, as we don't brush their teeth every day. If the teeth are diseased, it is better to have them taken out than to leave them in, and they are often painful. There are specialty dentists that will perform root canals to save teeth, but animals tend to do quite well without those teeth. If you are not sure about the necessity of the procedure, it never hurts to seek a second opinion.

Many vet practices work on commission. Keep that in mind and don't be afraid to ask if they profit in that manner. Or, tell them you respect their opinion and will think it over and consider a 2nd opinion.

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Willus
tabby
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Extraction

I found a feral and took him in. My vet diagnosed periodontal disease level2-3 and recommends extracting both canine teeth. I am curious about cat teeth extractions, how safe are these procedures? Do they prevent the disease from spreading? I'm concerned about the risks and future treatments for the cat.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Periodontal disease is surprisingly common in dogs and cats and is easily preventable with good home oral hygiene; when a cat gets to stage 3 it means that as much as half of the bone support around the tooth (or teeth) is lost which means that it is probably best to have the them extracted. I’ve added some interesting links below on the subject. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.avdc.org/periodontaldisease.html http://veterinarycalendar.dvm360.com/stages-periodontal-disease-proceedings www.sacvds.com/forms/Periodontal-disease-cats.pdf

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Pepper
tabby
14 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Tooth extracted stitches

Medication Used

Buprenorphine

Hi, my kitty just had a tooth extracted, they told me about not letting him claw pull at the tooth area so it doesn't remove the stitches but, what about him grooming himself? Is that considered the same thing, will him grooming pull out the stitches? Thank you :)

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Normal grooming shouldn’t have an effect on the stitches, but you should still take care and prevent any action which may cause a problem for the healing of any surgical wound or extraction hole. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Casper
Siamese mix
Thirteen Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

stopped eating
stopped eating,drools out meds

Medication Used

clindrop
clindrops
clindrops, gabapentin

13 yr old siamese in excellent health had dental with 1 extraction on Friday. Sent home with Clindrops & Gabapentin. She ate that night, but now not eating & I can’t get meds in her this morning. Had only 3 doses of Clindrops. She seems in pain & is not herself. I don’t know how to help her.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It can be difficult to administer medicines orally especially when the mouth is sensitive from dental work and extractions, I cannot recommend anything different apart from trying to give the medications as prescribed (even if you need to be a little forceful) or visiting your Veterinarian for assistance and a check to ensure everything is otherwise alright. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Snow
Domestic shorthair
2 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Chipped Tooth

My cat has a chipped right canine tooth. Is an extraction an acceptable course of treatment? What are the complications ? Is going to my regular vet okay or do I need to go to a vet dentist?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Something as simple as a chipped tooth may be handled by your regular Veterinarian, whether or not it needs to be removed will be down to whether the Veterinarian decides to try and save the tooth or to just extract it. Extraction is the most simple and cost effective method and since cats generally don’t hunt anymore it wouldn’t affect Snow’s life. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Yes, my cat had a chipped canine tooth and it eventually became infected and abcess and surgery to remove it and another tooth, and her mouth had lots of decay on the bone in her mouth. Surgery went ok, but now she still has a watery eye and swollen and not really a good way to tell if there is a tumor or other cancer or issues behind her eye. I am sad because I don't think there is really anything else I can do now to find out what issue is in her skull. :(

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Maggie
Unknown
2 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Loose teeth
Red gums

I have been noticing recently that my cat has red and inflamed gums and extremely bad breath. I did not really think much of this until today when I noticed that one of her incisors were missing. I poked around a bit in her mouth and found that two of her other incisors were loose. Do all loose feline teeth need to be removed?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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For the most part, if a cat has dental disease that is bad enough that it is causing the teeth to become loose, we do tend to remove the diseased teeth. Animals do quite well with a few teeth missing, and are usually much more comfortable after having them taken care of, as they can be very painful. It would be best to have Maggie seen by a veterinarian, as they can assess her mouth and determine what might be going on, and get her the best treatment for that.

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Beavis
Mix
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Chronic bad breath

My kitty is only a year and 9 months old. I really worry that he may have gum disease or a rotten tooth and may end up having to get a possible tooth extraction. I don't notice any other symptoms except for him having foul smelling breath. He was a rescue I adopted a year ago from a shelter. I'm terrified that if I take him to the vet they will have to keep him overnight for a tooth extraction or for a day or 2 and I've heard of Animals on vet documentaries who had e had to stay several days to recover from surgeries and literally had separation anxiety from their owners so bad that they got depressed during their recovery and literally flat out refused to eat with their owners not being there. Then the vet wanted to keep them longer because they were refusing to eat. Me an my cat both have major separation anxiety issues!!! So I'm very scared of this happening to him and I'm planning that they insist on keeping overnight for the procedure then I'm staying with him because animals are just like children!!!! Children have the right for family to stay with them if they have to stay in the hospital overnight!!!! Animals deserve the same!!! I also don't trust my vet because I don't know them and have trust issues with just about everyone and I love my kitty with all my heart and would love for him to stay in good health, but I am extremely over protective of my baby and must be there with him for support at all times!!!!

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Cats can get dental disease, and it can be very painful. As veterinarians, we ultimately care about our patients and their comfort, and if Beavis does have a dental problem, he is in pain and should be taken care of as soon as possible. Depending on what needs to be done, he may only need a day procedure, but if he does have to stay overnight, it would be for his safety, and you need to trust that. We don't like keeping pets in the hospital any longer than we need to, and I'm sure that your veterinarian will get him taken care of as quickly as possible.

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Meilin
mixed
2 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Tooth pain
Drooling
bad breath

My cat, Meilin, has been having serious pain when she opens her mouth to yawn or eat. I took her to the vet and was given some antibiotics. She was fine for a month, but the pain came back. I switched her food several times in case it was allergies and took her to the vet. I was told she would need some teeth extracted because the medication wasn't working for her anymore. I'm a bit worried if this will stop the pain complete? She's really young to have this problem. What should I do after the surgery? I know she will be on wet foods from now on. Is there any specific wet food I need to give her?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If the cause of the pain has been determined to be due to a dental disorder which hasn’t resolved with medical treatment, then extraction would be the next step; however if there is pain opening the mouth it may be an issue with the temporomandibular joint or the masseter muscle. You should follow the guidance of your Veterinarian and feed an appropriate cat food for age and breed; also regular dental cleaning would also be useful. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Austin
Ragdoll
10 Years
Fair condition
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If a cats back molar is extracted should stitches be used? I have consulted two different vets; one uses stitches and one does not. Is there any reason not to do so? I would have thought it helped tissue repair and prevent infection or further pain?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Whether sutures are needed when a tooth is removed is dependent on the degree of tissue damage and surgical preference. Neither is wrong, and it would just depend on the particular extraction.

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Skye
Siamese, Lilac Point
12 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Chipped Tooth
Chipped Tooth on back left side

Can a cat have a tooth removed while it is infected? On antibiotics but wasn't sure if the infection would be gone by the time of surgery. Took her in on Friday, surgery will be this Monday afternoon. Thank you!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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An infected tooth can be removed; remove the tooth and remove the infection (doesn’t work as simply as that though). However, you can remove an infected tooth and th antibiotics would have been to control infection in the meantime; there should be nothing to worry about and is pretty much routine. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

That was a great relief to hear, thank you! She was cancelled yesterday and removal is set for this afternoon. I can worry less now thanks to your info. Much appreciated!!! :D

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Ozzie
MaineCoon
13 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Difficulty eating,

My Maine Coon 13 years old had a full mouth dental extraction about three months ago. He is now finding it extremely hard to eat and the food drops out of his mouth. It looks as if his lower jaw is protruding forward. He eats if I hold the food packet up to him as he bites down on it but still drops some out of his mouth. I've hand fed him as well. He just can't seem to pick up the food from the saucer, it takes him 15 minutes to eat and it's pushed around the plate and onto the floor. His tongue sticks out a lot and he drools. My other cat who had the same surgery eats everything with no problems. His

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Ozzie’s mouth, I cannot say what the issue may be; pain, changes in oral confirmation among other causes may lead to difficulty whilst eating. You should visit your Veterinarian to check the mouth to look for any possible issues which may be causing this problem. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Lily
Bengal
13 Years
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Pain
Lethargic

Medication Used

Metacam

My female cat had 3 teeth extracted 11 days ago. I originally took her to the vet as she wasn’t herself & her mouth was irritating her. She was doing this thing acting like there was a bad taste in her mouth or something stuck in her mouth.
I’ve been back 3 times now. She’s very up & down. The up times seem to be when she has had buprecare pain relief but she is now just in Metacam which doesn’t seem to help. So 11 days later & She is hardly eating & very lethargic, also not grooming herself. She’s still doing the thing with her mouth I took her in for in the first place.
The vet doesn’t seem to know what to do but has suggested X-rays to see if something was damaged during the extraction. Having the teeth out doesn’t seem to have helped her though as her symptoms are the same & the cost is spiralling.
Can you help?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I’m not sure what the underlying cause is for the symptom you’re describing, although it sounds like there may be something stuck in the throat or some damage to some local nerves. An x-ray would be valuable to look for any anomalies, but still may come up inconclusive. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

We recently took a cat to have all of his teeth removed. He had stomatitis, and is still having some trouble with the trying to get something out of his mouth, but has significantly improved otherwise. Still refusing to drink water, but after three weeks from surgery he is finally eating some wet food on his own, so we have been able to discontinue force feeding as of just a few days ago. He would have died if it weren't for the force feeding of A/D and subQ IV fluids. He also has Leukemia, which may have contributed to his stomatitis, but the Leukemia has never posed him any problems prior. I would make sure he is getting enough fluids, food, and consider stomatitis as a possibility. He had an inflamed mouth, but not the overall appearance did not look like some picture you see online, with that said he was still allowing himself to starve to death without intervention.

Forgot to say, she also had antibiotics & the vet said the gums were healing well

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Gizmo
Burmese
9 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Weepy, gunky eye and still grinding

My 9 year old Burmese had 4 teeth removed and cleaned 4 days ago. He was not a happy camper when we picked him up from the vet. The next morning he had a gunky, weepy eye. This is still not clearing and he seems quite lethargic, isn’t wanting to eat much and just not himself. I have put antibiotic eye ointment on his eye the last couple days, but it’s still not cleared. Do you think the eye problem is related to the surgery? Could he possibly have an infection? How long does it usually take for them to recover from extractions?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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The recovery from extractions is typically fairly quick, and 4 days after surgery, he should be pretty much back to himself. If he doesn't seem to be doing well, it might be a good idea to have a recheck for him, to make sure that everything looks okay in his mouth and see what might be going on with his eye, and his general lethargy. I hope that he is okay.

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Olive
dsh
4 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Drooling
Bleeding gums
Smelly Mouth

My cat had all but four teeth removed two months ago due to stomatitis. He seemed to heal quite well after the procedure, started grooming, yawning better, and overall in good spirits. Now he is drooling and bleeding again, starting to act like he did prior to the surgery, and of course has a rancid smell from his mouth. Should we get the rest of his teeth removed? Or could we possibly do something else to help his gums? He only has the front teeth left.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Whilst there are medical management options available with low dose corticosteroids for the management of stomatitis, it may be a case that it is best to have the remainder of the teeth removed. You should visit your Veterinarian and discuss your options based on their examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Charle
Aegean
4 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

teeth pain

I got my kitty Charlie from a pet store and I notices that sometimes he would scrim when he was eating. I took him to the vet and about 4 months ago he had most of his teeth removed. He seemed to be doing ok, but now I noticed that again he is having pain, because sometime he would scrim out. I took him to the vet and he gave him an antibiotic shot, but it didn't seem to help. I called the vet and he said he would give him a steroid shot. My question is, what would steroid do, if the antibiotic didn't help. He still has his 2 teeth left. Would they have to be removed?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It depends on what is causing the pain, the antibiotics may have been given on the suspicion of infection; if infection wasn’t the cause then your Veterinarian may give a steroid to control any inflammation present. A thorough examination is required to determine whether the issue is with the remaining teeth or something else. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Sorry meant I put miralax in wet food today

My cat had 2 teeth out to days ago. Eating enough I guess. But due to painful teeth he didn't eat much 2 days before. So today 3 days after surgery roots and all he hasn't had a stool for 5 days.. I put 1 teasp in wet food at noon today when can I repeat it and is 5 days to long? He's still mopey gave antibiotic shot an steroid shot at surgery. Vet doesn't do a follow up.

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Ollie
American Shorthair
6 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Plaque buildup
Slight redness of gums
Snaggletooth

Medication Used

none

Middle age cat from shelter that I've had about 5 years. He's incredibly timid and easily frightened due to being abused as a kitten. Over the last year we noticed one of his canines was growing larger than was normal. It didn't seem to bother him, food intake remained normal. Now however the gums above that canine have a bit of pink/red tinge and appear to be slightly swollen.I'm unsure of how to proceed because we don't have a housecall vet in our area, and taking him to the vets office stresses him out for days afterward.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Unfortunately, everybody has to go to the doctor sometimes, even if they don't like it. Without seeing Ollie or the tooth, I'm not sure that I can offer any advice on what might be happening, but you seem to be noticing a progression of a problem with it, and it should probably be looked at. Your veterinarian may be able to give him a mild sedative if needed to help calm him while he is there. I hope that everything goes well for him.

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Birdie
Ragamuffin
1 Year
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

no symptoms

Medication Used

no meds

Does a broken canine tooth always lead to abscess? My cat somehow broke her upper canine and the vet said it has to be extracted. But it isn't infected and hasn't affected her appetite in any way. She doesn't seem to be in any pain from it at all and still eats like a pig. Can't I wait and have it extracted later if it ever starts to bother her? It's expensive! Also, how do cats break their canine teeth? The fact that it happened to her makes me feel like an irresponsible cat owner.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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There would have had to have been some type of trauma to break that tooth, and without knowing much about her lifestyle, I'm not sure how she did that. I don't think that it was your fault, however. Depending on where the tooth is broken, it may or may not have to be extracted - if the pulp cavity is open and exposed, it would be best to have the tooth taken out, but if it was at the tip of the tooth and the pulp cavity is not exposed, she may be fine with that tooth. If you are not sure of the diagnosis, it never hurts to have a second opinion.

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Olive
tabby
10 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea
Red gums

One week ago I adopted a 10 month old kitten. She had diarrhea so I brought her to the vet. Upon visiting the vet I was informed that she has feline stomatitis. I am wondering what the best/most cost effective course of action is to get her some relief. I am leaning toward getting her teeth removed, but it's such an expensive procedure, I'm not sure I can make it work.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without knowing how severe Olive's stomatitis is, it is hard for me to comment on her treatment plan. Many cats respond to injectable and/or oral steroids, and antibiotics. It is also a good idea to have her tested for Feline Leukemia, and those two diseases sometimes exist together. I hope that everything goes well for her.

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Zorro
DOMESTIC
8 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

none

I got Zorro four years ago, at age 4, from a shelter. He has a severe overbite (upper canines visible with his mouth closed). He’s always had bad breath and multiple teeth have fallen out over the years - he has 2 remaining upper incisors and I’m not sure how many lower. Lost his right lower canine tooth about 9 months ago. His molar teeth look grey and his gums look moderately red/pink in areas. No meds, no known allergies, indoor cat, no change in behavior, eating, purring, hygeine, toileting, no pawing at mouth, no bleeding, no pus, no scratching at head (he did scratch at his ears for the first year we had him but it resolved). BIG bossy appetite! His right upper canine is turning grey at the gum line and looks to be longer than before/the other - I’m thinking due to weakening ligaments? I’m very hesitant to take him to the vet. He’s never been out of the house and the vet made one housecall once. I can barely even pick him up to carry him from room to room! He seemed stressed and hid under my sofa for the first 6 months but now he sleeps with me and sticks by my side all the time. I would hate to lose his trust by forcing him to the vet (I’d have to pick him up by scruff) and I would hate to cause him possible medical complications by stressing him, extracting teeth, anesthesia, etc. Is it possible that nature will just take care of itself - the gums heal and teeth eventually are lost on their own? Can’t decide whether invasive treatment even is worthwhile when his disease is so advanced. He’s done fine so far by the looks of it.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without seeing Zorro, I can't comment on his dental disease, unfortunately. It would be a good idea to have his mouth looked at by a veterinarian to assess whether treatment is necessary - if you can have the housecall veterinarian come to your house again, they may be able to work with him better than taking him to a clinic. I hope that everything goes well for him.

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Shannon
Maine Coon
5 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Drooling

Two of my Maine Coon cats had 2 teeth removed. The vet left the wounds open. No stitches. It has been 14 days now. When will I be able to feed the Hill's t/d kibbles again? When looking at the wounds I find that they have not healed completely. The flesh is not all the way on the top. Is it even advisable to feed such big kibbles? They have on one side in tooth on the top and one tooth at the bottom. All teeth are there on the other side of the mouth.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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It would be a good idea to wait until the holes left by those teeth are fully healed before starting the T/D - it may take a month of two, depending on which teeth they were, and how many roots the teeth had. Once the gum has closed over the holes left, you should be able to start feeding the T/D - if they don't like it, you may need to consider a different food, but many cats will eat the T/D quite happily.

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Scotty
Maine Coon
7 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Sore

Have you ever heard of a cat with double ear fungal infections and swelling leading to vigorous head shaking leading to two separate surgeries for aurel hematomas. Now that he recovered from the ear surgeries he has white discharge from his eye needing treatment with antibiotic drops, Ciproflaxacin. He has always had trouble keeping food in his mouth and excessive drooling with his tongue out. I have been told he has an overbite of one tooth that digs into the lower gum and now needs surgery to remove 4-6 teeth. On Clindamycin 25mg for ulcer in mouth. He has been through a lot over the past 5 months. How can I determine that this next surgery is required for more than the one overbite tooth?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Scotty has certainly had a rough few months! If the tooth is not causing ongoing damage, it might be okay to wait for a bit to have the teeth removed and give him a bit of a break. If the teeth are causing problems, however, it would be a good idea to get them taken care of. Without seeing him, I'm not sure how problematic the teeth are, but you can either ask your veterinarian if it is possible to wait a while, or have a second opinion on the teeth to give you peace of mind. I hope that everything goes well for him!

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Molly
Calico
11 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Tongue out, can't open mouth to eat

My cat had 12 bad teeth extracted. Had a glossy eye that appeared swollen that worsened after the extractions, no discharge from it, was unable to blink. We continued with eye salve, vet sent us home with 14 injections of Baytril to give the one each day, after 11 days the cat woke up blind. Now the vet had to remove the bad eye. We have had 3 procedures now, the extractions, then the vet thought the bad eye was due to a abscess behind it from the bad teeth so second procedure to add a drain, now third procedure to remove the eye! She now has her tongue out a bit, uses her tongue to try and eat food but can not move her jaw to chew anything. She gags, and tries to grab at her mouth with her paw and gets very little food down, she is losing weight. What's wrong with what was the healthiest cat I have ever had? She is now on Clindamycin and no more Baytril after she went blind.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I'm sorry that this is happening to Molly. WIthout having been there for the procedures, I can't really comment on what might have happened, but it isn't unheard of for cats to have neurologic deficits after a lengthy dental procedures due to pressure on the nerves of their jaw, especially if a tool is used during the dental to keep their mouths open to access molars or hard to reach teeth. Since she doesn't seem to be recovering normally, I think it would be worth following up with your veterinarian to see what might be able to be done for her, or get a second opinion with a different veterinarian to get a different perspective on what might be going on. If she is eating kibble, it might help to offer her soft food, as she may be able to lap up very watery soft food until she starts to get use of her mouth back. I hope that everything improves for Molly.

Molly has seen 2 more vet's. The first vet put her on prednisolone and we started to see some improvement in about 5 days, but her vet said to stop with the steroids as it would halter her ability to fight off infections. Her original vet removed the eye and we are healing from that now. Third vet put her back on the steroids, we are 4 days into the steroids now and still no improvement. She has had x-rays, no change in bones of the head and blood work with showed elevated globulin and proteins which were attributed to her being dehydrated and her body fighting off the original teeth infection. How long can those jaw muscles take to respond to the steroids?

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Pickles
tabby
8 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargy
congestion

Medication Used

Clavamox antibiotic- oral

My 8 year old cat, Pickles, has been suffering from severe stomatitis for 6 years. (He is now 8.) Four years ago my I had his back teeth removed and that, along with steroid shots, managed the issue for a while. Over the past year, he got worse and required a full tooth extraction. He had that surgery 10 days ago. He was fine while he had his pain patch. He is eating well enough, but he seems so lethargic. He has always had some level of sinus congestion due to allergies and asthma, but it seems worse than usual now. Is this a typical reaction or should he go to the vet ER before his scheduled visit with the surgeon next week?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I'm not sure when his pain patch came off, but there may be some residual sedation from that medication. His sinus congestion may worsen in the short term due to inflammation from his oral surgery. If he is eating and seems stable, I'm not sure that you need to take him to the ER, but it would be a good idea to have him examined in teh next day to make sure that he is recovering well, rather than wait until next week, just to be careful. If he is having problems breathing or is markedly more lethargic, or isn't eating, he should be seen at the ER today. I hope that everything goes well for his recovery.

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Bailey
Cat
1 Year
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Broken tooth

I was told yesterday that my cat has 2 broken front teeth and needs to get them pulled. she is almost two and they are saying $1200 possibly to have that done (cleaning and xrays included) is that a normal price? and is there anything i should worry about? I called elsewhere and they said $300 but i feel like that is such a huge gap unsure if that place is safe.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. There can be a wide variance in price, depending on services provided. I'm not sure which teeth are broken and need to be extracted, so I'm not sure how in depth the extractions will be. Since you have had two opinions with such wide variance, it might be a good idea to get a third opinion so you know what might be normal for your area. Options that can increase the price but that are a good idea are x-rays, pre-anesthetic bloodwork, and monitoring and IV fluids during the surgery. You want to make sure that where you take her uses appropriate pain management as well. I hope that everything goes well for her!

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Apollo
tabby
8 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Drooling

Can a tooth extraction for a cat be done at home? My cat is in extreme pain. nd us not eating or drinking. He is slowly withering away and I fell as though I cannot do anything to help him. This thing says vahue description but I wrote a damn book.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. A tooth extraction should not be done at home. If Apollo has dental disease or a problem with a tooth, he will need anesthesia for the treatment of his teeth. The tooth roots are quite long, and heavily supplied with nerves and blood vessels. He should see a veterinarian to have his mouth assessed and see what the treatment options are, as I cannot examine him over an email. They will be able to give you a better idea as to what to expect once they've seen him. I hope that he is okay.

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Rico
Ragdoll
10 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

none

My cat is having his teeth cleaned. There is no reason to believe that an extraction would be necessary, but I want to know how to respond if the vet indicates that a tooth/teeth should be extracted. Under what general conditions would you recommend having a tooth extracted, and when would you suggest it may not be necessary. Though I do not regard vets the same as the mechanic I take my car to, I have a similar feeling of skepticism that I will be told to do something that will cost more money but not be necessary.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Whilst it is true that there may be some Veterinarians which may recommend extractions when not necessary; it is generally simple to spot a tooth requiring extraction since the tooth will either be loose, broken, large gingival pocket around tooth, cavities etc… which can be categorised into periodontal disease or endodontal disease. The link below to the Royal Veterinary College’s (London, UK) page on extractions (hand out for veterinary students) and the indications for extractions for your reference. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.rvc.ac.uk/review/dentistry/Shared_Media/pdfs/extraction_print.pdf

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Luna
domestic short hair
4 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Coughing
Dripping nose
Shivers

Medication Used

Anti inflammatory
Liquid suboxone

My cat has 2 tooth extractions 4 days ago and now seems to have a weird breathing rythmn and a cough. She was making gargling noises for 3 days which was normal and hasn't improved as much as I thought. Nose is also very cold and dripping.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If you are noticing breathing changes after anaesthesia you should return to your Veterinarian because it is possible that there may be issues with the larynx or another cause; cats have a sensitive larynx and they are prone to spasming, this is why we generally numb the area before intubation. Any breathing changes should be seen by your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Garfield
tabby
12 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

no symptoms

My 12 year old cat has some reddened areas and some swelling on one of the gum lines on above his canine teeth. My vet is suggesting extractions. He is eating and playing fine. He does not appear to have any pain. I am not sure what to do. He is having surgery on a mass on his tail and they would do all of the surgery at one time.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. If your veterinarian is able to take dental x-rays, they will be able to determine if there is a problem with the tooth and whether it is healthy or not. If they can't do x-rays, I might ask why extraction is the treatment of choice, and what they think might be going on that would require extraction. Cats will often develop root disease beneath the surface, and if your veterinarian suspects that, it may be best to have the tooth removed, as they can be quite painful. If you are not sure, a second opinion is always an option. I hope that everything goes well for Garfield.

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Cat Damon
Siamese
One Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Redness
Gum swelling
Mouth Odor
Tooth pain

Our vet discovered our cat has stomatitis and said eventually our cat would need full tooth extraction. She prescribed some medicine to see if it helps and suggested cleanings, etc for now but would it be better to just go ahead and get her teeth taken out? Kitty doesn't seem to be in terrible pain, but the Drs reaction to her mouth leads me to believe it's not looking good. If it makes sense to get her teeth extracted now rather than later, I'd rather do that.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Stomatitis can be a very painful condition, and some cats do need to have their teeth removed, as for some reason there body tries to reject the plaque on their teeth. Because it is a very invasive procedure, it isn't something that I would immediately jump to. Sometimes regular cleanings, possible brushing daily if she isn't painful, and antibiotics and steroids will help to keep this condition under control. Without being able to see Cat Damon's teeth, I can't comment on what would be the best option at this point, but your veterinarian will be able to give you an idea. I hope that everything goes well for her.

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Maggie
Cat
10 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

eating well

Maggie went in for a cleaning and I was told that she needs 3 teeth extracted. I looked at the xrays with the vet and see a dark spot inside the upper right premolar. Both upper canines have resorption at the roots and one has a dark spot inside about 1/3 of the way down from the gum line. From the outside, her teeth look just fine. She eats kipple like a little pig, doesnt like wet food and plays all the time. Doesn't seem to be in any pain that I can notice. I'm in a quandry about how to go ahead. Not having the upper canines will surely limit how she can eat her favorite food and play with her toys. She is a shelter kittie and has only now become happy and I hate to give her a setback if it is not necessary.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Dental x-rays are used in animals similarly to how they are used in people - to detect problems beneath the surface. Having her teeth extracted won't affect how she eats or plays, except to make her more comfortable if they are causing her discomfort. Cats will often not tell you that something hurts until it is quite painful, as showing pain is a sign of weakness for an animal. If you are not sure how to proceed, you can always get a second opinion from another veterinarian who can look at the x-rays, look at Maggie, and give you their opinion as well. I hope that everything goes well for Maggie.

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Smally
domestic short hair
8 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

bad breath
Struggling to eat hard food
licks mouth often

Hi there,

My cat is 8 years old and has very bad breath. She went in for her annual vaccinations the other day and the vet mentioned that she has periodontal disease and gingivitis and that I should consider teeth cleaning at some stage. I've noticed that the past few days, she is struggling to eat pallets and prefers soft food. When eating pallets, she does not chew them like before but swallows whole instead. I think that her teeth are causing her quite a bit of discomfort and that she may need to extract some teeth as they are quite brown. I will be taking her in to the vet but wanted to find out if she will be able to come home the same day after tooth extractions or will she need to stay at the vet for a few days to recover?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Normally after dental extractions, a cat should be able to be discharged if the extractions were straightforward and there were no complications (to anaesthetic etc…). If Smally is having trouble eating kibbles I would recommend booking an appointment sooner rather than later and offer only wet food until after the extractions. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Zoey
dsh
5 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

I'm about to try and schedule a tooth extraction for my cat. She's 5 years old, but severely underweight due to starving herself because of dental issues, and a previous vet visit told me she may be having liver issues. Can they extract teeth when she's so underweight because it's so necessary? What should I ask the vets to do to make sure she survives the procedure and there are no complications? Any other helpful tips or advice?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If another Veterinarian has mentioned liver issues, it is important to have a blood test before the tooth extraction just to make sure that the liver values are within an acceptable range; the tooth extraction is necessary since it is causing an issue with eating, apart from tubing feeding to help Zoey gain weight surgery is the best course of action. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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