Feline Stomatitis and Tooth Resorption
Pets can be affected by oral disease just like humans Stomatitis and tooth resorption are two concerns that you might encounter with your pet. Although they are more prevalent in cats, dogs can also suffer from these diseases.
Stomatitis can affect both cats and dogs, and it is characterized by inflammation of the mouth. Stomatitis in dogs is formally referred to as Canine Chronic Ulcerative Stomatitis.
The cause of stomatitis is currently unknown, but is believed to involve an overreaction of the immune system to plaque build-up around the teeth, which ultimately leads to inflammation.
Cats diagnosed with some viruses are at higher risk for developing stomatitis, as are some specific feline breeds, such as Siamese. Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and Maltese canine breeds are more prone to stomatitis.
Symptoms of Stomatitis
- Difficulty Eating
- Vocalizing when Eating
- Bleeding Gums
- Pawing at the Mouth
- Chattering Jaw
- Thick Saliva
- Decreased Appetite
- Excessive Blood in the Saliva
- Unexplained Weight Loss
- Swollen and Inflamed Gums
Tooth resorption is one of the most common dental concerns in cats. It affects dogs less frequently. The cause of tooth resorption is currently not known, but studies indicate that it can be associated with other diseases and health concerns.
One of the many reasons tooth resorption concerns us is that it is painful. Resorption of teeth exposes nerves and blood vessels and can affect overall health. Some animals will show jaw pain and spasm when the affected area is touched. Others might show signs of increased salivation, difficulty eating, or bleeding. Many animals show no obvious signs, making the detection of tooth resorption difficult.
The treatment for tooth resorption is extraction of the affected tooth or teeth under general anesthesia. Unfortunately, there is no way to reverse the disease once it has begun. Once diagnosed, your pet will be prone to it forever.