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Her bottom lip is swollen at the front, cat British

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Her bot***** *****p is swollen at the front
JA: I'll do all I can to help. What type of animal are we talking about?
Customer: cat British shorthair
JA: When did you first notice this swelling? Does the British Shorthair lick the skin as well?
Customer: this morning and yes
JA: And what's the British Shorthair's name and age?
Customer: cherry and she’s 2
JA: Is there anything else the Vet should know about Cherry?
Customer: The corner of her mouth was swollen a few months ago but went away after a day

Hello, you are through to Dr Linda, a UK based vet with 10 years of clinical experience working out of West London. It will be my pleasure to help you today.

I'm sorry to hear to this and understand your concern for Cherry.

Would a clear photo be possible please?

Customer: replied 10 days ago.
File attached (PSL4P6G)

Thank you!

Does it bother her?

Does she go outside?

Customer: replied 10 days ago.
She goes out everyday has her food in the morning goes all day then comes in around 8pm each night
Customer: replied 10 days ago.
She doesn’t like me touching it

Thank you, understood.

In the photo above, is the brown food or discharge?

Customer: replied 10 days ago.
It’s not food but I didn’t touch it as I didn’t know if it was discharge or sort of her mouth
Customer: replied 10 days ago.
Her fang is also chipped at the bottom
Customer: replied 10 days ago.
Her chin on the left is hard and swollen

Thank you, ok.

Is she drooling, acting quiet or eating less?

Does her mouth smell bad?

Customer: replied 10 days ago.
Haven’t seen her drooling and she’s eating the same and acting the same her breath smells normal doesn’t smell fishy

Thank you, ok.

I can see the top canine tooth is damaged.

Does the bottom one look normal?

Customer: replied 10 days ago.
Just checked it looks normal
Customer: replied 10 days ago.
File attached (67V762T)

Thank you for this, I know these photos are not easy to take!

Before typing my reply, is there anything else I should know?

Customer: replied 10 days ago.
The corner of her mouth in the same side was swollen a few months ago but went within a day I put it down to her chewing the grass outside but now I don’t know if this is related
Customer: replied 10 days ago.
She climbs the tree in my back garden everyday as well with next doors cat and there’s a kitten who’s outside with them now

Ok, sure thing.

Please bear with me as I type my reply?

Customer: replied 10 days ago.
Okay no worries

I'm sorry Cherry has these signs and understand your concern for her.

There are a few considerations here including:

  • An abscess secondary to trauma
  • A tooth root infection
  • A rodent ulcer (an allergic reaction causing lip inflammation)
  • A jaw fracture (unlikely if eating well)

Given the appearance and because the canine tooth is chipped, a vet visit is advised.

In some instance, if the pulp is exposed, we may need to perform a root canal or remove the canine tooth.

She may require some antibiotics and anti inflammatories, to help settle things down.

At home, I'd offer food that is soft and easy to eat.

I'd also keep a close eye for any other signs such as trouble eating, further swelling or discharge from the mouth.

Customer: replied 10 days ago.
Okay thank you for your help

Not at all.

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