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Our cat has gingivitis, after several visits to our vet for

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Our cat has gingivitis, after several visits to our vet for anti biotic injections about every 6 weeks, he decided to descale his teeth and again give him another injection. The gingivitis has now returned and my vet says the cat needs his teeth pulling. The problem is our vet says he is not qualified to do dentistry work and we would have to travel some distance to Harrogate, we live in Hull. What are our next steps, can anyone recommend a vet in Hull that could do this work??
Dr. B. :

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

Dr. B. :

Now I have to say that I am a wee bit surprised that your vet says that they are "not qualified" to perform this full mouth extraction procedure for Charlie. It will be an involved undertaking but many general small animal vets do remove teeth (even all of them for situations like this) in general practice. So, this really isn't a case of the vet being qualified to do so, but perhaps not feeling up to the challenge. Therefore, if the vet just isn't keen to do so, referral is reasonable.

Dr. B. :

Now that said, if Harrogate is too far for you to travel, then you can consider checking alternative veterinary dental specialists by using the RCVS vet register's advanced search feature @

Dr. B. :

Otherwise, you can use the standard portion of the register (@ and look for other local vet practices. The reason I suggest this is because as I noted standard general practice vets are legally qualified to remove cat teeth and you may find a local general practice vet in your area that can be of more assistance in Charlie's situation. And as you noted that you are based in Hull, it'd be advisable to potentially contact the Kingston Veterinary Group ( as they are a large veterinary group that may have a dental keen vet on staff. Otherwise, the Haven Vet Group ( would be another option for you to consider to obtain local help for your lad.

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I hope this information is helpful.

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All the best,

Dr. B.


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