Cats can develop a severe gingivostomatitis (GS) that can truly make life a holy hell for them. While veterinary dentists and researchers have yet to find a definitive reason why this painful disease occurs, we do know that removing the teeth (in most instances all of them) eliminate or drastically improve the oral inflammation. However, it is very, very important that dental x-rays be performed after the extractions to insure that no tooth root remnant is left behind. Otherwise, the disease process will not respond to surgery, and the pet is left to suffer unnecessarily.
Without a proper diagnosis and complete treatment, your cat will have a miserable life. Cortisone therapy and repeat usage of antibiotics only cause further immune resistance and drains your pocketbook at the same time. Recent studies indicate that 70% of cats respond extremely well to surgery and 20% have moderate response. Therefore, around 90% of cases respond favorably to surgery and thus is a very good cost:reward investment. The prognosis is affected by the amount of inflammation in the back of the mouth as well, so I will discuss this with you.
I take pain management very seriously, therefore your cat will have a prescription for pain medication (analgesics), anti-inflammatory, and in some instances, a medication for neuropathic pain. Each is compounded by a local pharmacy that is palatable for your cat to take. I understand it may be difficult to administer so palatability is especially important.
Finally, there are a few ‘truths’ that you won’t believe about full mouth extractions, so here they go:
#1. If your cat liked dry food before the surgery, he/she will want to go back to hard food after the healing process.
#2. Your pet can live a very happy life not having any teeth whatsoever. This is true for both cats AND dogs.
#3. You will have a new pet once the healing phase is complete. Your pet will start grooming itself, feeling more frisky, just like they were as a kitten. I’ve seen it way too many times and it truly brings a wide smile to my face. Read our testimonials on our website from a skeptical client that became a believer afterwards.
Yours in the effort to keep your family cat pain free,
Dr. G (Your Pet Dentist of Memphis and Little Rock)