Lisa, I know you don't want to hear this but dental prob;ems can lead to a 
whole bunch of other issues if not addressed.  Tommy needs to be examined by a 
vet familiar with dental issues.  

He may have periodontal disease (inflamed gums) which can lead to heart and 
kidney issues.  Treatment could be as simple as an antibiotic.  FORLs is 
another issue which is very painful.  Dental issues can be very painful and 
affect his willingness to eat.  The longer you wait the worse the problem will 

I know dental surgery can be scary but with the proper precautions should not 
be that dangerous.  Here is a link to info from a CRF website on precautions to 
be used during the surgery.

I would make sure your vet followed these precautions. 
Hugs to Tommy

--- On Thu, 1/28/10, Lisa Borden <> wrote:

> From: Lisa Borden <>
> Subject: [Felvtalk] Stomatitis?
> To:
> Date: Thursday, January 28, 2010, 6:28 AM
> This past week, my one year old FeLV+
> kitty (Tommy) started pawing at the left side of his face. I
> suspected an ear infection, so I took him to his holistic
> vet. His ears were clean and had no inflammation. The ONLY
> thing she saw was some inflammation around one of his back
> teeth where some enamel was rubbing off. She told me this
> was common, and the only way to fix it is to have the tooth
> removed. My first reaction was, I don't want to put him
> under anesthesia. But he seems so withdrawn and depressed,
> like he's in pain. I just don't know what to do. I did
> notice redness along his gum line on both sides of his mouth
> as we were looking at his teeth yesterday.
> Any advice or words of wisdom would be appreciated.
> Thank you,
> Lisa
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