Stomatitis, a form of tooth condition, could be the cause of your cat’s discomfort. But why can’t your cat smile because of its stomatitis?
Whether it’s named gingivostomatitis or oral inflammatory disease, stomatitis is a terrible condition that needs to be treated right immediately for your pet. The condition known as stomatitis, which results in excruciatingly painful inflammation in your cat’s mouth, causes weight loss, drooling, and foul-smelling breath as symptoms (usually the rear of the mouth and gums).
The disease can affect cats of any age or breed, while the feline immunodeficiency virus, feline leukemia, bartonellosis, dental issues, or other immune system abnormalities are thought to be the true causes.
What causes stomatitis to spread?
In essence, the tissue surrounding your cat’s teeth starts to be targeted and rejected by its immune system. As unlikely as it may seem, this painful condition causes ulcers to form in her mouth, as well as on her lips, tongue, gums, and the back of her throat. The symptoms include heavy drooling (because swallowing it hurts too much), difficulty eating or sobbing during meals, as well as an untidy appearance since she is unable to groom herself. The damage caused by these ulcers will result in her drool being stained with blood. It is very abhorrent.
Your poor puss might need to be put under anesthesia so that her mouth can be opened and inspected carefully in order to make a certain diagnosis. Stomatitis is frequently found during a physical examination, and dental x-rays will help your veterinarian determine the condition’s course and recommend next steps. A biopsy may involve the collection of tissue samples.
Although the illness appears to be brought on by a virus, plaque and bacteria that stick to tooth surfaces are the true culprits. The best method for treating stomatitis as a result is tooth and root extraction. Yes, it’s a radical treatment, but it also has the best chance of achieving a complete remission (or a marked reduction in inflammation), and don’t we just want our pet to be happy, healthy, and pain-free in the end? House cats can actually live without their teeth rather well!
The use of steroid and cyclosporine pills to modify her immune system and a long-term course of anti-inflammatory meds (including antibiotics) along with frequent dental treatment to lessen plaque development and subsequent inflammation are other options if you think this is too drastic.