Tripper the cat was initially referred to Dr. Boyd at Veterinary Dental Services & Oral Surgery in Houston, for full mouth extractions to treat chronic periodontal disease, feline tooth resorption, gingival hyperplasia and oral pain.
Tripper’s family brought him to Veterinary Dental Services & Oral Surgery to have him evaluated and treated to save some of his teeth if possible. Dr. Boyd gave Tripper a thorough oral and dental evaluation under anesthesia that included full mouth vet dental x-rays, teeth cleaning, gingivectomy, extractions and periodontal treatment.
Two weeks post treatment Tripper had responded well to treatment and his periodontal disease had improved. Dr. Boyd scheduled Tripper for a two month re-evaluation appointment and recommended complete cat home dental care protocol using CET toothpaste and Biotene.
Unfortunately at the two month evaluation Tripper’s condition was worse and he was developing inflammation of the gingiva and mucosa in the back of his mouth. Home care was difficult and Tripper was uncomfortable and in pain. Dr. Boyd recommended full extractions of all of Tripper’s remaining teeth as the best treatment for his condition.
One month after Tripper’s teeth were extracted the follow-up evaluation revealed healing tissues and 50 percent improvement in the red –inflamed oral tissue. Tripper was eating well and did not show signs of pain. After treatment, Dr. Boyd received the following note from Tripper’s family:
“We have just recently had our 3 1/2 year male adorable cat’s teeth all removed because of early health problems before we had him. Dr. Boyd and his team were absolutely the best. Of course, Tripper, our cat is still not sure what he thinks of them but he is warming up to them. He is healthier and so much more energetic since they helped him get on the right track and now we will keep him healthy. He is eating soft and hard food and hard treats – he is amazing. He was eating 2-3 days after all his teeth were extracted. If you have a pet with dental health problems – look no farther – this is the place – they are knowledgeable, empathetic and truly seem to love their vocation. We consider them part of our family now. Thanks to all of you!!”