Jun 5, 2018 — After consulting three separate vet hospitals and numerous vets on several occasions, Jiminy's owner was desperate for a diagnosis and treatment for her 10 month old cat's swollen lymph nodes, snuffly breathing and stinky breath. The standard vet approach — repeated doses of antibiotics — had not worked. Still seeking answers the owner set off for the Specialist Small Animal Hospital (SASH) where a diagnosis of 'feline gingivostomatitis' was made.
SASH Discharge Summary states:
'Jiminy presented to Small Animal Specialist Hospital for evaluation of severe inﬂammation of the gums.'
'Jiminy was examined by several specialists whilst in hospital and has been diagnosed with gingivostomatitis — inﬂammation of the gums and mouth.'
SASH then provide some information from the veterinarians at Cornell University who say: ‘you can determine that it’s gingivostomatitis in about 85 percent of cases just by looking into a cat’s mouth.’
Nevertheless SASH had employed several in-house specialists and commissioned numerous tests resulting in a bill for almost $6000 to confirm a disease that could have been reliably diagnosed by simply 'looking into the cat's mouth'.
Adding insult to injury the Discharge Summary states that from 3% to 5% of cats show signs of this disease:
'If the condition remains untreated, Dr. Rawlinson [Cornell vet] says, it is possible for it to become so painful that an affected cat will be unable to take in any food and could conceivably starve to death. . . .
Treatment of this debilitating oral condition will typically involve either one or both of two options, depending on the extent of the disease: medical management using drugs to suppress the immune system and control the proliferation of bacteria in an affected animal’s mouth; or surgical management, which is likely to entail removal of all of a cat’s teeth. If you get rid of all of the teeth, says Dr. Rawlinson, you’ll be getting rid of all associated bacteria.
Once a cat gets over a full-mouth extraction which will take between five and ten days — it can go on to thrive very well. About 60 percent of cats will need no further medical management and will have a high quality of life. It won’t have a normal oral cavity, but it will have such minimal inflammation that it won’t need medication.
There is no preventive measure for gingivostomatitis. Tooth brushing is highly discouraged in animals suffering from the disease as it will be very painful for them. However, healthy cats can certainly benefit from tooth brushing to keep their mouths healthy. For instruction see our online video Brushing Your Cat's Teeth.'
In despair and expecting Jiminy to have all his teeth removed, the owner booked an appointment at our clinic to get a quote and arrange the surgery. Fortunately the owner was open to the possibility there was another, better approach involving minor dental surgery and the magical healing power of raw meaty bones.
That was 8 months ago. Do have a look at the video. And for your cat's sake, your friends' cats' sakes and all cats on the planet, please feed them their natural food from three weeks of age.
Thereafter, please consider instructing your lawyers to bring actions against the multi-national junk pet-food/vet conspiracy that costs pet owners $billions and costs cats their teeth, their health, their lives.
Ps. Consider bringing legal actions against the junk raw meat peddlers, the Barfers, Prey Modellers and Holistics who trick owners into feeding raw recipes and formulas that do nothing to protect a cat's gums.
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