Thank you, Laurie - we have an appointment for Saturday with a dental specialist.


From: "Laurieskatz" <>
Sent: Thursday, January 28, 2010 11:20 AM
To: <>
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Stomatitis?

I agree with Sharyl. Go to a specialist.
Several of my cats (feLV-) have gingivitis. They need dental cleanings every
18 -24 months. There are usually teeth extracted. My 13 year old Coco has
only 9 teeth and 3 canines left. In the past my cats have had eating issues and other problems after their dentals. We found a dental specialist in the
next city and have had much better results. He uses a mild sedative rather
than the heavy anesthesia the other vets used. He has an xray machine to
look at the roots of the teeth.
Btw, if your kitty has stomatitis there are options other than extractions
for that disease.
Good luck!

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Lisa Borden
Sent: Thursday, January 28, 2010 6:45 AM
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Stomatitis?

Thank you, Sharyl - it's not what I wanted to hear, but it's what I needed
to hear if that makes any sense. I left the appointment yesterday with more
questions than I had going into it. I love Tommy's holistic vet, but
dentistry isn't her specialty, and I feel that I owe it to him to take him
to a dental specialist. I have located a clinic relatively close to me that
has a veterinary dentist on staff.

Thank you so much for your reply.


From: "Sharyl" <>
Sent: Thursday, January 28, 2010 7:20 AM
To: <>
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Stomatitis?

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 get.

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?
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,
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