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Dr Scott Nimmo, Small Animal Veterinary Surgeon.
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Experience:  BVMS, MRCVS. { Glasgow UK }
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I have a 9 year old very nervous & frightened rescue cat, took

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I have a 9 year old very nervous & frightened rescue cat, took him 4 days to recover from his annual check up & booster. I have been advised that he needs to have all his teeth extracted but having read a lot about ginginitus I worry if this is the right treatment for him, he does not drool and is eating well, being the cat he is will he recover and settle back home?
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 8 years ago.

Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you with your wee one today.


I am glad to hear that Murphy is eating well, not drooling and hopefully not experiencing any oral soreness.


Can you tell me more about why they have suggested full extraction?


Does he have red, raw gingivitis?

Does he have tarter or dental disease?


As a rescue kitty, does he have any history of cat flu (especially caused by feline calicivirus or herpes)?


Has he had any treatment before now for his mouth?

Customer: replied 8 years ago.

do not know why extraction has been suggested, he has lost weight , bloods came back clear, gums are red & there is tartar, no cat flu and he has not been treated for any mouth/teeth infections before

Expert:  Dr. B. replied 8 years ago.

Thank you for the further information about Murphy.

This further information does shed some light on his situation, especially the knowledge that he has lost weight. The additional information does raise suspicions that his mouth situation may be severe but your history seems to suggest that he isn't overly suffering with the visualized dental disease.

Just to get a better idea and make sure I am on the same page with you,

You noted that he was eating well, but is it the same volume as always?
Or has his appetite had declined along with the weight loss?

You noted no drooling, but does Murphy grind his teeth or paw at his mouth?
Does he ever beg for food then turn away, hiss at or try to bury his food?

You noted that he has tarter and red gums, but do you think the redness is just affecting the gums above those tarter covered teeth? Or is the whole mouth ruby raw and red?