Meet Sissy, a beautiful, 15-year-young cat with advanced periodontitis and an abscess that was draining into her skin. Even with a slow cancer, Sissy is a relatively healthy cat, but she was quite uncomfortable because of her teeth.
Periodontitis is a result of periodontal disease, and it’s completely preventable but usually under-treated, according to the American Veterinary Dental College (AVDC). The most common symptom of peridontal disease is bad breath, but visible plaque and tartar on the teeth can also be a sign of the disease.
Periodontal disease begins when bacteria in the mouth creates plaque that sticks to the surface of the teeth. Plaque will then harden to form tartar, which is visible above the gum line. The real problem develops when the bacteria begins to damage the supporting tissues around the tooth, eventually leading to the loss of the tooth; this is called periodontitis. If left untreated, the AVDC says that periodontal disease may cause multiple problems in the mouth, including bone infections and weakening the jaw bone, and may be associated with damage to internal organs in some patients as they age.
Sissy's mom receives social security and has a part-time job. She is very good at budgeting within her means, but she just couldn't find the funds to get Sissy feeling better, so she reached out to Fur Kids Foundation for help. We are very happy to report that the vet was able to remove some bad teeth and clear up her infection and she's feeling much better.
If your pet has tartar or large amounts of plaque present a professional dental cleaning is highly recommended. Be sure to speak with your vet about how you can maintain your pet’s dental health from home after a dental cleaning.
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Created in November 2011, the Fur Kids Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides education and aid to promote the well-being of animals in Campbell County.
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