Coco has had most of her teeth removed (gradually ~ over 10 years) due to
gingivitis. She needs annual cleanings. The vet feels her mouth is in good
shape now and that she won't need more extractions. 

This sounds like a very extreme solution, though he IS a specialist. The
pain after one extraction is bad. I can't imagine an entire mouth. A friend
has a cat with stomatitis. She gives her some med the first 5 days of each
month and this is working well.

Good luck. A difficult dilemma.

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[mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] On Behalf Of Dawn Morrison
Sent: Friday, November 07, 2008 11:05 AM
Subject: [Felvtalk] Dental extraction - advice needed

I am posting this on a few groups - so I apologize for those who see this
more than once. I just want to make sure I get as much advice as possible.

My FeLv+, Bea, has had recurring gingivitis since she adopted me a year
ago. Her gums get red and swollen. We've tried numerous treatments
(brushing,antibiotics,anti-virals,cleaning) but to no avail nothing is
helping her. The anti-biotics worked but have since stopped (which has me
worried on a whole other level).
Other than her gum issue she is a healthy 3 year old.

I took her to a dental specialist yesterday who said the best course of
action at this point would be partial, possibly full extraction. He said it
was stomatitis, but nothing like the pictures I've seen on it - beginning
stages. I was wondering if anyone else has had either full or
partial extraction done and could offer any suggestions/advice.
I know it's probably the right thing to do but I'm just wondering how others
have adjusted to life with no or few teeth.  And if anyone has experienced
any complications I should be made aware of.

Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. 

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