WHAT IS THE "STOMA" AND WHAT DOES STOMATITIS MEAN?
A stoma is an opening. In cats, the stoma refers to the oral cavity or mouth. Stomatitis is an inflammation of the gums and soft tissue of the mouth. It occurs in cats of all breeds and of all ages. The teeth usually do not look too bad but the gums are an angry red and may bleed at the slightest touch.
- bad breath
- red and inflamed gums
- reluctance to groom
- eating and swallowing become difficult and painful/weight loss
WHAT TO DO:
Routine dental cleanings and plaque removal are the cornerstones of treatment. Cortisone medicines such as prednisone are often helpful in relieving mild inflammation. However surgical therapy offers remarkable immediate pain relief with long-term control of feline stomatitis. Sometimes this means most every tooth in the mouth must be removed although sometimes the canine teeth (fangs) can be spared. You might worry that a cat with no teeth would have difficulty eating, but in fact most cats tolerate extractions very well and can eat moist food right away and dry food once the extraction sites have fully healed.
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