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Do cats have tonsils like humans? My cat had 5 teeth removed

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Do cats have tonsils like humans? My cat had 5 teeth removed end of April. 11 Years old, and immediately afterwards coughing badly, stretching jaw wide, huge loss of weight approx. 1 kg. Today he has swelling in throat visible when yawning ... right hand side, as appears a swollen tonsil to me. Difficulty in eating since april, and bad saliva coming out of mouth into feeding bowl. Mouth dripping with milk or water when drinking as if unable to swallow liquid. Food has to be wet and very finely mashed for him to eat it. Hope you can help me. He has not regained much weight since April, seems skin and bones to me.
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Dr. Susan replied 3 years ago.
Dr. Susan :

Hi, I can help you with your question today.

Dr. Susan :

Yes, cats do have tonsils.

Dr. Susan :

I'm really concerned about this ongoing pain and swelling. We can see some transient swelling from putting the tube in during anesthesia, but it certainly shouldn't persist for months.

Dr. Susan :

Does his mouth smell foul?

Customer:

Yes

Dr. Susan :

I'm worried about persistent infection or abscess with the smell. We can also see oral tumors, or an inflammatory condition called stomatitis.

Customer:

I questioned the vet after problems immediately started after dental work. They gave anitbiotics and anti inflammatory medication, but the problem only relieved for a short time

Dr. Susan :

Have they anesthetized her to examine her throat since then? I fear she may need x-rays and a biopsy.

Customer:

Not anesthatized but throat felt over by vet. Couldn't feel anything so prescribed the above mentioned. Xray and biopsy may be expensive for me so I was hoping there could be another way.

Customer:

Do you think that an operation may be the outcome for this. Is a tumour highly likely, or an ongoing inflammatory problem

Dr. Susan :

I'm afraid we may be stuck without a diagnosis. Your vet has already done trials of medication using antibiotics and anti-inflammatories

Dr. Susan :

I do think that anesthesia and ultimately biopsy, mass removal, or something similar might be necessary.

Dr. Susan :

The only other things I can think of right now include

Dr. Susan :

pain medication, and placement of a feeding tube to help keep him nourished and get his weight up.

Dr. Susan :

These would only help with supportive care, they would not cure what is happening in his throat.

Customer:

ok thank you very much for your advise I will need to pursue the option. It does sound expensive again !!!! Goodbye and again thank you

Dr. Susan :

You're welcome! Good luck with him.

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