Pet Dental Health

What is Feline Stomatitis?

Feline stomatitis is severe inflammation or ulceration in the cat’s mouth, and is debilitating for affected cats. Signs of feline stomatitis include very bad breath, difficulty eating (or not eating at all) and drooling. Some cats will have large areas of their oral cavity covered with painful, raw areas.

If you see signs of feline stomatitis, you should contact a veterinary dentist as soon as possible. Although you may find a number of medical solutions on the internet for feline stomatitis, unfortunately there have not been any encouraging results for non-surgical treatments. The best treatment for feline stomatitis is extraction of all of the cat’s teeth. While this may sound extreme, cats with feline stomatitis are in a great deal of pain. After extraction, cats are pain free, much happier and often eat a meal shortly after waking up from surgery.


Can you repair a broken tooth for my dog?

Dog’s teeth can break for a variety of reasons, often from chewing on a bone or toy that’s too hard. Broken dog teeth are not uncommon, so in addition to regularly brushing dog’s teeth, dog owners should also check for any visible signs of a tooth that’s broken. Broken teeth are very painful for dogs. Although an owner might never realize their dog is in severe pain, as dogs rarely demonstrate pain.

If a dog has a broken tooth there are definately options to repair it and relieve the pain your dog is experiencing due to the fractured tooth and potentially exposed pulp or dentin. The first step in treating a fractured dog’s tooth is to perform dental radiographs or x-rays, which will identify the extent of the fracture and allow the veterinary dentist to determine the proper treatment. Treatment for a dog’s fractured tooth may involve sealing, root canal therapy or extraction.

Visiting a board certified veterinary dentist for a dog’s fractured tooth will assure you and your dog that they are recieving the best possible evaluation and treatment so the fracture can be properly repaired and your pet’s pain will be relieved.

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